Been lurking on this forum for over 10 years, figure it's time I post something. I spent a lot of time (several days per week) in the mountains on the Kenai Peninsula last spring through fall, a lot of that time off the beaten track, and only saw black bears twice. Not a whole lot of sign, either. I was surprised based on what I've read here. A couple locals told me they have seen less and less blackies lately. Can anyone confirm this? My only theory is that last year was such a phenomenal highbush blueberry year that the bears were hanging out in the timber not having to move much. Even found areas in November where the bushes were still loaded with berries even though all the leaves were dropped. I picked five gallons one day without moving more than 100 yards. Thoughts?