This spring has been mainly overcast with lots of rain and cool days which has extended the dandelion season in many areas of Banff National Park.  Here a black bear pauses between dandelions before sticking out its upper lip to pluck off the head of the next flower.  With such a short growing season in the Rockies the bears are in a constant state of looking for and eating as much food as possible. Even then, they typically are much smaller than bears found elsewhere in Alberta and across Canada.