During the winter months, bears hunker down in their dens. These dens are only used for shelter during the winter, they aren’t permanent homes.
Habitats vary among different types of bears as do the dens. They can be different in size, shape, and location, but ideally all dens would have the same three things in common.
- Are on a north-facing slope
- Provide protection from weather
- Are located in an area with well-draining soil so they can keep dry
Denning is essential for the winter. It provides much needed protection for adult bears and their cubs.
Check out our article for more information about newborn bear cubs, as well as the habitat differences between grizzly bears and black bears!