A black bear finds food in a household garbage bag. (Photo via Bear Smart’s Facebook page.)

This past summer and fall, people living in British Columbia saw an unusual number of black bears in town. Maybe the hot summer dried up the berry crop on the local mountains. Or maybe the hungry animals just found better pickings in town.

Playing in the park

In the city of Nelson, a family of black bears took up residence in a local park. The three cubs chased each other around the playground. The city closed the park to the public for a month. They waited until the weather cooled and the bears finally moved on.