Perhaps not the sight you want to see when you come home: A black bear. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hide caption toggle caption U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service The Two-Way There's A 'Bear Epidemic' Out West, And It's 'About To Get Worse' September 4, 2012 Because of droughts, bears are having to search harder and across wider ranges to find food. That's increasingly bringing them into contact with humans. In Aspen, Colo., alone there were nearly 300 "bear calls" to police in August — a record.