A big black bear in the North Cascades National Park Complex.

As we enter early fall, the forests are calling, but it’s very important to be bear aware this time of year because both black bears and grizzly bears are very active, fattening up for the winter ahead.

We have only had 14 reported bear attacks and one fatality in Washington State, but with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife estimating a population of 20,000 to 25,000 black bears and grizzly bears gaining a foothold in the northeastern part of the state, bear attacks are a possibility.