FAIRBANKS - The alarm clock has sounded for Interior black bears.
Biologist Tom Seaton of the state Department of Fish and Game says he spotted bears Wednesday while flying in the Tanana and Yukon valleys.
The not-so-snowy winter has the bears out a bit early. Less than 25 inches of snow fell at Fairbanks International Airport this winter, the third-lowest snowfall on record.
Most of the snow has already melted and the bears appear to be taking advantage of what has been a dry, warm spring.
Seaton says residents should make sure to remove anything that will attract hungry bears.