With fall officially upon us the bruin world is starting to prepare for their long slumber ahead. At this time of year, bears are feeding up to 20 hours a day to stock up on their own fat reserves.
Bears have a unique physiology. Some of those different characteristics bears possess may help scientists discover medical benefits for people.
While local waterways in and around Whistler are void of salmon runs due to natural fish barriers such as waterfalls and tight canyons, Pemberton and Squamish waterways team with salmon nearing the end of their life cycle in the fall.
Getting bear smart is a shared responsibility. Officials can't do it alone. We need your help. People need to deter bears from their properties themselves.
Bears spend the majority of their time eating and searching for food and can consume up to a huge 20,000 calories a day!
The prevention and termination of "conflict" bear behaviour relies on human understanding, cooperation and acceptance of bears.
Inspired by the desire to prevent unnecessary bear deaths and make their communities safer, passionate people band together to create the community infrastructure to bring about positive change for both bears and people.
There's really no question: People should NOT feed bears.
As people learn more about black bears, old fears are being replaced with understanding. Attitudes are improving. Fewer people are so fearful that they shoot bears for simply showing their faces.
During hibernation bears survive without eating by living off their fat reserves and by going into a state of dormancy; metabolism slows drastically, body temps drop by 3-7 degree Celsius, and heart's beat roughly 8-12 times per minute. It's quite remarkable, actually.