I read that the bears come out of hibernation before their food sources fruit (like berry bushes.) The only reason I can think of that Nature might do that would be to cause them to expand their territory in search of a meal. It makes no sense to have gone months without eating and awaken to a barren land. I read the hunting stats for the state, not many are taken [or reported] in my county...14 were taken last year. It's usually single-digits. 2019 was a record harvest in the state as the regs were changed to cull the herd. Successful bear repopulation efforts collided with an increased number of humans. I don't know what motivates the hunters: sport, fur, food, making their area safer, or some combination. Folks around me deer hunt for venison, and I know a few beaver trappers, but I don't know anyone who hunts bear.