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12/05/2015 10:58 am  #1

When Do Bears Actually Hibernate?

Just wondering when the bears in Algonquin actually start hunkering down for the winter?  For a mild start to a winter like this, would the bears still be active at this time?


12/05/2015 11:57 am  #2

Re: When Do Bears Actually Hibernate?

It's all about the food now, not the temperatures.  I have trail camera pictures of a bear near my house up to December 3rd in the snow a couple of years ago, but he was feeding in a corn field. Most bears would have gained all of their weight by now and any activity would likely have a negative calorie balance unless they found a particular rich food source.  Just from my experience though, I'm not a biologist.


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