|A black bear watches a gathering crowd of people from a safe perch in a tree high above the Campbell Creek trailhead on Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Anchorage, Alaska. Cars stopped along the roadway and people were snapping pictures of the bear. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)|
By MICHELLE THERIAULT BOOTS
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Snow turns to slush. Days get warmer. Bears wake up.
Every year by mid-April Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist Jessy Coltrane gets the year's first report of a bear sighting in Anchorage.
By the first day of May the summer's bear frenzy will have begun in earnest. Coltrane and her two assistants will spend the season mediating encounters between the city's human and ursine residents, sometimes with a shotgun.