This week there have been several black bear sightings in the Portland and Vancouver area. Wednesday morning, classes at Tualatin Elementary School were canceled after a black bear wandered into a field next to the school. And in Vancouver, a bear was captured after it got too close to a college in Vancouver. In Central Oregon, this is the time of year when bears may wander into some residential areas looking for food. Local wildlife biologist Steven George says they sometimes see bears in Sisters and the west part of Bend. They've been hibernating all winter and now they are pretty hungry: “So they haven't been eating at all, so that means they are going to be looking for food. So they are very vigorous searching for food." George says they especially like our garbage; so don't leave food uncovered outside. He says the last local sighting was in west Bend last spring near Farewell Bend Park.