Benefits - Bears

Nowadays, in the fall, bears hunt for acorns. But before the blight, black bears feasted on our chestnuts. Early bear hunters claimed that bears were much fatter and slower because they ate so many chestnuts.

An early 1900 bear hunter reported that a black bear would climb a chestnut tree and knock down bunches of burs and nuts. The bear would then pile the burs, take a rock in each paw and mash the burs open. They would then leave them in a neat, round pile.

Photo of a bear on all four legs appearing to sniff the air (for human scent?) in the woods.