BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- In northcentral Washington, black bears have emerged from the hills to hunt for Wenatchee's famous apples.

In Idaho's far north, at Priest Lake State Park, they're nosing around for a bite of errant camp food.

Meanwhile, one hungry black bear near Gardiner, Mont., got stuck inside a van when the door slid shut.

It's that time of year again in the northern Rocky Mountains, when these lumbering beasts are piling on the calories to prepare for the long winter ahead when they hole up in their dens to hibernate.

But finding enough food hasn't been easy. A cool, wet spring dented much of the huckleberry crop, a main source of food this time of year.

As a result, some communities are seeing more bears poking through garbage or scouring backyards for windfall apples.

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