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Bear Diet In Summer

Jennifer Smith

Posted on June 14 2018

Bears are finally awake after a long winter; and they are in search of food. When gardeners are not in sight, bears are making their moves to eat plants directly from gardens. After all, they eat 2000-2500 calories per day.

Bears eat 90 percent of plant matter in the summertime; but they will not say 'no' to fruits and vegetables. This summer, bears will most likely target these plants:

  • Berries - blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries
  • Dandelions
  • Acorns
  • Roses
  • Honey

Homeowners have trouble getting rid of bears from gardens. They've tried bear repellents; but those are not as effective especially after hard rains. They've tried plastic and steel fences; but bears simply break through those barriers. This is why electric fencing is the best type of fence for bear management. Bears will soon leave a gardening area after being zapped by the electricity. 

Bear Control is needed this summer as bears move in for bee hives and plants.