A Bear Startles Skiers at Lake Tahoe Resort

A black bear made an unexpected appearance on Heavenly Mountain.
3:00 | 01/14/14

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It is the time of year that bears should be sleeping in but this year officials are warning more and more bears are out of hibernation and are popping up in, as you can see, the most unlikely of places. The slopes are alive with skiers and bears? You might not expect to see old smoky on the trail but skiers at heavenly mountain, one of the country's biggest and most popular ski resorts have started to see them regularly on the slopes. Alarming officials who are warning, it will likely be a more common sight. With warmer conditions bears aren't hibernating like they should be and are on the prowl which could cause some serious problems. What it tells us these bears have become too ackley mated to humans and see them as a source of food. Reporter: Unusually warm and dry conditions are forcing them out of slumber to look for food and water even on the slopes. It's called urban interface. They don't hibernate when they have easy access to food provided by people. If this year continues the way it is and natural foods don't get that drink of water that they need, in other words, the bear habitat is lacking moisture, then we could have an even bigger nuisance bear year than we had in 2013. That picture is unbelievable. And here's some advice from wildlife officials. This he say and this may sound obvious, do not leave food or trash unsecured and more importantly, never approach a bear if you happen upon one. Just a little piece of advice for you. Especially if you're on skis, yeah. Some wildlife official, george. Who thought bears would be on mountain slopes. Thanks, lara, for that.

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