Officials with Fish Wildlife and Parks say they're already seeing a busy start to bear season.
It's not unusual to see more bears between late July and October as they prepare for winter.
Yet this year, officials say hot temperatures are luring bears to creek drainages to stay cool and find food.
Oftentimes those drainages can be close to homes and businesses.
That's why FWP is cautioning folks to make sure they're doing everything they can to discourage bears from coming too close.
"Chicken, chicken feed, those are big problems these days. Garbage has always been a problem and in this heat, garbage ferments even faster so, the smell is even greater luring bears into yards," says Grizzly Management Specialist Kevin Frey.