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Wild Berries Are Causing Bear Attacks in Canada

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Visitors of Alberta, Canada have been getting up close and personal with multiple bears.

This summer there has been a surge in the abundance of wild fruit within Alberta, Canada. This is causing an uptick in bear attacks, believe it or not, with two occurring even in the last couple of weeks.

“The plant’s exceptional yield this summer, combined with its tendency to grow in sparse forest areas (read: often near hiking trails), means visitors to Alberta’s wilderness have been getting up close and personal with the province’s ursine population as the creatures forage for food.”

MUNCHIES talked to John Paczkowski, who is a conservation officer and biologist and works in the Bow Valley region. He said that bears depend on buffaloberries to put on weight for the winter and this year’s crop is one of the largest he’s ever seen. This is causing bears to come into close contact with humans visiting the area. Most bear attacks happen when a bear is acting defensively when surprised.

During the past two years, the region that Paczkowski monitors went through a berry crop failure, or a “berry drought”. Now that they’ve picked up, so have the beer encounters.

If you’re planning a trip to Alberta this summer, keep in mind that where you find an abundance of berries, you may just find a bear as well.

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Wild Berries Are Causing Bear Attacks in Canada