While walking along Indian River trail yesterday, I noticed that many of the skunk cabbage plants looked like they had been cut off. At first I thought that maybe someone walking along the trail had done it, but it was so widespread, I began to suspect that maybe deer were doing it. I have heard that bears will dig up the roots when they awake from hibernation, but I have not heard that the leaves and flower stalks were eaten. Skunk cabbage are one of the first new greens of the year, so perhaps that makes them attractive.
My iNaturalist Observations
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