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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-02-2018, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Bears and autumn olive

Autumn olive isn't real prevalent where we hunt but my buddy found a pretty good patch loaded with berries. Do bear eat these? I know they are edible for humans.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-02-2018, 02:16 PM
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Some body that knows where the bears in the Clear Creek area are likely to be and what they will be feeding on mentioned seeing bears feeding on Autumn olive to me just this past week. So I think they do eat it.
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I would not be surprised if they do eat it but I've never seen any damage to autumn olive branches. Fire cherry on the other hand gets torn down regularly.


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I just did a google search and found that they do eat it. It is listed as a transitional food from summer and into fall acorns, but with all the crazy weather we've had this year, I'm sure if it's there, they'll eat it. If they are leaving their calling cards laying around, you know they're eating it.
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They will eat the heck out of it, u will see branches busted off from them and piles of bear crap that's red in color. Have lots of it around area I hunt
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Some body that knows where the bears in the Clear Creek area are likely to be and what they will be feeding on mentioned seeing bears feeding on Autumn olive to me just this past week. So I think they do eat it.

Yep, they do. I harvested one in Autumn olive. Bear scat was everywhere in there that year
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In our area of 2G autumn olive is running wild. It's so thick you have to crawl through it and everything will eat it. The bears here disappear for up to a month when the berries get ripe. It's not uncommon to find a bear tunnel where its really thick. You can see where they just pick a spot and start breaking branches forming a tunnel, eating as they go. Turkeys and deer will eat it too.
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I witnessed a bear eating them. It would eat...and then go to a ditch for a drink of water. Back again for more.


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Bears spend a lot of time in the stuff. In my area, they usually pull off it before bear season.
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