"If it had gone much further it would have gotten into the shop, and the damage would have been devastating," she said.
With berries shriveled, hungry bears get creative →
"We've been here 17 years and never had a problem with bears," said Roslyn Starer, who runs the Candy Cottage in Old Forge with her son, Larry. "But it's been so dry the normal foods in the woods just aren't growing. So they're coming into town."