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Berry Hunters May Find Bears Too

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Huckleberries are a special treat in this part of Wyoming, but people aren’t the only ones looking for the wild berries – bears love them, too. Wildlife biologist Erin Edge with Defenders of Wildlife says surprise encounters aren’t good for either party, so berry hunters need to be particularly “bear aware” and let the bears know they are there. Edge recommends, “Talk while you’re in areas that are dense with brush, have berries around, anytime you’re in bear habitat.” Bears are also looking for chokecherries and service berries growing in the area.  Black bears and grizzlies frequently feast on berries this time of year, and Edge points out that young bears recently kicked out on their own can be inexperienced and are more likely to have an accidental encounter with a human. She urges berry hunters to always carry bear spray while on their outings.

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