Outdoors briefing: around the state

Coos County hunting: Where are the bears?

Spring black bear season opened April 1 and runs through May 31. But so far, very few reports of bear sightings have come to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office in Coos County — which ODFW says is to be expected. Generally, bears are difficult to find in the early part of the season.

Hunters who have an urge to start hunting may find bears if they are slow and methodical in their search. Most active bears will be found where grass is greening up in clear cuts and natural forest openings.

Most bears are found during the last three weeks of the season. Hunters are reminded to check in bears with ODFW within 10 days of harvest.

— The Associated Press