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Interesting Bear Facts

The bear is one of the most intelligent animals out there with very developed senses of hearing and smell. Due to this fact, they can easily detect the slightest smell of food which, in many cases, leads to roaming near houses or campsites in search for food.

The aroma of carelessly stored food or garbage sometimes attracts bears form incredible long distances.

Usually bears travel and feed by night but there are some cases in which they will look for food during the day. Bears also travel great distances in search for food when climatic factors affect nature, such as drought, when there is a shortage of food.

Usually (but not always) bears are shy and are afraid of humans.
Female bears with cubs have the tendency to be more restricted when it comes down to movement, 6 to a maximum 19 sq miles in comparison to males bears which move around 12 to 60 sq miles. The size of the home range usually depends on the habitat’s quality. Most of the ranges are used by more than a single bear but specific areas are unlikely to be used during the same period.

“Bear trees” are the trees which are marked by bears by biting and clawing the bark.

Bears (especially Polar bears) are known for their swimming abilities.
Some bears are very good at climbing trees (black bears for example).

Their speed is also quite impressive: 35 miles per hour.

Another interesting fact about bears is that these animals aren’t classified as true hibernators - their body temperature is lowered and also, their hart rate is slowed during wintertime.

Denning allows bears to survive during the harsh winter conditions when food is not accessible. During denning periods bears don’t eat or drink, they also don’t urinate or defecate.

Bears can wake up during the hibernating period if they are disturbed, as their sleep isn’t that deep.

In most cases, bears usually den under brush piles or fallen trees.

They eat almost anything they can get: fruits, herbs, small rodents, bees, termites, pine nuts, rose hips, alligator eggs, trout and the list could go on - as you can see, the bear isn’t very picky when it comes down to nutrition.
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