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Just in Time!

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Black Bear booting across the highway in Kootenay National Park May 14, 2013 - by Larry Halverson


What makes it bad for drivers and bears is when an unseen bear jumps the guard rail onto the highway
 by Larry Halverson


Drive with caution when traveling through the park. This time of year bears are attracted to roadside dandelions.

About 75% of a black bears diet is vegetation. Their veggies vary through out the season as the nutritional value of the plants change. This time of year bears actively hunt for the succulent new spring growth of glacier lilies, sedges, aspen catkins and dandelions. Later on they’ll switch to plants like cow parsnip and horsetails, followed by berries. So bears move around in response to the seasonal availability of food.

Learn more from Parks Canada:

Parks Canada’s Bear Up Date
Bear Roadside Dinning