Even as spring changes to summer, many bears — particularly juveniles in their first year away from their mother — still struggle to survive. In fact, as many as one-third of juvenile bears never reaches sexual maturity, due to death from starvation. Starving juveniles can be dangerous and unpredictable, and they are responsible for most bear attacks on humans.
As adults mate and mothers with cubs in tow do their best to steer clear of predatory bears, the juveniles are left to fend for themselves. Fortunately, the most plentiful months of summer are not far off.