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Backyard Attractants For Bears

Jennifer Smith

Posted on August 30 2018

Bears sightings occur most frequently in August as bears begin to stock-up on food in preparation for hibernation in winter. In fall, bears will eat over 90 pounds of food each day; eating anything from grasses and fruits to veggies and honey. This means that all growers need to beware of the bear. 

Plants that attract bears are usually sweet in taste and smell. Honey producers need to keep watch of their honeycombs, as bears want all-natural honey. (They will not try to mess with bees.) If they cannot get honey, they will not fret; instead they will wander over to a fruit or veggie garden nearby to scope out fresh greens and herbs. 

Here are favorite fruits, veggies, and herbs of bears:

  • Honeysuckle
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Sorrel

Gardeners wishing to rid bears from gardens will need to install electric fencing around landscapes as added protection. Electrified wire is the only type of fence strong enough to stop stubborn bear activity.