Berries & Bears - Foraging
We're right at the height of berry season in my area. Raspberries didn't do well this year because of the heat. There were a lot of saskatoons, even if some were shrivelled in the heat. They are just finishing. Oregon Grapes are ripe now as are the blueberries and huckleberries. The blueberries are small this year and I haven't been to the huckleberry patch yet. Hawthorns will be the next ones ready; they are just starting to colour up. The rose hips are getting big, although it will be awhile before they are ready.
We're right at the height of bear season, too. I just spooked a very large one that was having lunch in my apple tree. I hadn't picked the apples cause they aren't ripe yet. But I guess I'll have to pick them under ripe and make jelly. We have had multiple sightings of multiple different bears in my immediate neighbourhood over the past couple of weeks. Two months ago, we spotted a grizzly; a pretty big one, too. We are just outside of what is considered grizzly range but very occasionally one is spotted.
Bears (and other creatures) are also being driven out of their normal ranges right now by wildfires. They will be looking for food in unfamiliar areas and may venture into populated areas.
So be careful when you are out there foraging. Make lots of noise. Carry an air horn, bear banger or bear spray. If you are alone, have a weapon at hand.
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