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Bear Diet In Spring

Jennifer Smith

Posted on February 28 2019

Bears wake up from hibernation as early as late February; but typically, they arise in March and April. During this time, they will do what they do best: eat. In fall, they stockpiled on over 90 pounds of food each day; and now they are hungry for leafy greens.

In the spring, bears will scavenge for winter-killed animals, including deer and elk, and they will eat a variety of grasses, cow parsnip, leaf buds and cabbage. Insects and rodents are also a favorite food for bears during this time frame. As the seasons change, so will the diet of bears.

For home growers who are planting greens, they may wish to install electric fencing around their gardens for bear deterrence.