What happens to bears during this time?
In the time leading up to winter, bears will eat and drink more than normal to fatten up to help them survive the colder months.
When they finally take refuge in their dens, they slow down their metabolism, heart rate, and breathing in order to conserve energy during the winter. They’ll wake up occasionally to move around, like we do in our sleep. In the Northeast, sometimes food is available all during the winter, and the bears will leave their dens to forage.
Getting ready for the colder months is signaled by the shorter days and longer nights, which in turn cause hormonal changes within the bears to tell them it’s time to get ready to settle down for the winter.
We react to these seasonal changes as well, as we get ready to face chillier mornings, earlier sunsets, and winter weather.
Grab a hot drink, cozy up and then click here to read more in our article about bears and the fall!