By Kayla Heinze
Vital Ground Foundation 

Bears and Berries: Why Shifting Seasons Require Innovative Safety Measures

A Place for All


January 5, 2023

With the calendar turning to a new year, bears across the Northern Rockies are snug in their winter dens. The months leading up to this hibernation season were especially difficult for many of them, however, due in part to a poor summer crop for multiple berry species.

Berries are a staple of the Northern Rockies, with long-standing cultural importance for the Indigenous tribes of the region. From mammals like deer and grizzlies to native birds and pollinators, the fruits sustain biodiversity across many landscapes. And with huckleberry pies, jams, taffies, lip balms, and even infused vodka...

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