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Bears Hibernation In the Winter

Jenn Smith

Posted on December 03 2019

When we think about bear hibernation, we think about when we were younger, learning that bears go into a deep sleep for the winter season, waking up hungry again in spring. However, this is only partially true.

What do bears eat in winter?

Bear hibernation isn't what you think. Bears do not sleep through winter, but instead they slow their movements to preserve energy levels. In the fall, bears eat between 30-90 pounds of food daily to get them through the harsh winter months. During this time, bears will eat a variety of grasses, nuts, plants, fruits, fish and small mammals including fawns and calves.

Bears will approach homes in late fall-early winter in search of food; therefore, homeowners are advised to install bear netting around properties to rid bears from lawns and gardens.