blueberries in bear country, x-post
I originally posted this in the "pests" forum but had no replies, so I'll try here since it's really a regional question.
I am planning on putting blueberries in my garden (already bought the bushes, just not planted yet). It suddenly occurred to me that I live in NWNJ, bear country. After I bought the bushes I think of this.
Do I need to worry about bears and my blueberries, or are they as much of an attraction as anything else in my garden?
On my part of the street the bears aren't in your face, but they are around as evidenced by their scat and pawprints. They are more active about .25 mile down the road where there are farms with livestock. Will the berries be an extra draw to my garden? Or am I worrying for nothing (other than the usual bear worries?)
I realize no one can give me 100% accurate info as to what would happen in my garden, but any anecdotal info would be welcome.