I saw my first bear in Alaska this morning! The little black bear was first seen wandering the campus plaza while I was eating brunch, then when leaving the cafeteria, we saw the bear again, this time, it had knocked over a "bear-proof" trashcan. Don't bears hibernate in the winter? Yes, most do. But often they don't sleep completely through the winter and will come out of their den to make a pit stop, but they usually do not eat. There is a theory that climate change might be affecting the hibernation patterns of the bears, thus when they leave hibernation, they become hungry. With no food around (salmon or berries) they will search out trash cans. This may become an additional research area in years soon to come.