BLACK BEAR DIET
Beaked Hazel, American Hazel - Nuts
Corylus cornuta, Corylus americana
Beaked and American Hazel are prolific shrubs that grow in the forest understory and at the edge of forests, often referred to as the Forester’s nightmare as the shrubs they are often thickly distributed and difficult to navigate through.
Hazelnuts are one of the most important and preferred bear foods in northeastern Minnesota. Bears begin eating the soft developing nuts in June and make them their main food in July & August when the nuts ripen.