Local authorities in parts of the USA resort to bear feeding to stop the hungry animals from destroying economic trees.
In spring every year, Black Bears emerge from their long winter hibernation hungry and with one thing uppermost in their minds; food.
Unfortunately, the surrounding vegetation is typically also recovering from the winter cold so there’s not much food to eat. But one of the few trees that offers a viable food source are young conifers.
As these plants approach their annual budding period, there’s a high concentration of sapwood moving through the trees, just beneath the bark. Conifer sapwood is rich in carbohydrates, tasty and becomes the next best food source available. Somehow, the bears have figured this