Cattail

Typha sp.

May, June, July, August

Spring, Summer

Cattail is a common native plant that bears can rely on for food if preferred species aren’t producing. At different times from spring to fall bears will eat the entire plant. Black bears eat cattail leaf tips and roots in May and fleshy leaf bases in July and August(they bite the stalk off at the base, strip the tough outer parts away, and eat the soft starchy core).