A Bit of Skunk Cabbage

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.

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