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What’s on the bear menu? Everything

Bears are attracted to anything that smells; it doesn’t even need to smell good. Garbage, compost piles, dirty diapers, pizza boxes, empty beverage cans...to a hungry black bear, it all smells like something good to eat. Bears are curious and always exploring. If a bear follows its nose to a buffet of easy-to-get-at foods, liquids, pet foods or garbage, it learns that where there are people, there is food. Bears ...
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Bears don’t shelter in place

There are no stay home orders for bears. Right now, they’re waking up from their long winter’s nap and heading out into a whole new world. Millions of Americans are now denned up at home, preparing more meals and ordering ...
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Bear alarm clocks are going off

Bears’ internal alarm clocks start ringing in March, with many adult male bears emerging from their dens sometime this month. Next to wake up will be juveniles of both sexes, then female bears with yearlings and solitary females. Mother bears ...
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Fall is power-eating time for bears

Bears’ appetites are biologically programmed to go into hyperdrive in the fall because they need to put on a thick layer of life-sustaining fat before they turn in for the winter. This annual power-eating marathon is called hyperphagia. Hyperphagia is in ...
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Do bears really hibernate?

Some people believe that bears are not true hibernators. Squirrels, bats, rodents, marmots and other true hibernators enter a state close to suspended animation where body temperatures fall close to freezing and metabolisms slow almost to a halt. A bear's ...
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