The blackberries are not looking to hot this year. They are drying up as soon as they ripen. This is part of the problem for the bears. The berry crops are not producing enough food for the bears to eat. We have also heard tells of a lot of yellow jacket issues. If you are allergic to any type of insect sting, please make sure you have the appropriate medicine with you in case you come in contact with these little devils. We have seen several yellow jacket nests that looks like a bear may have dug up the nest. It is always good to be well equipped when out in the backcountry.
John Paul Krol
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