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Are Bears Nocturnal?

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ANSWER:

Bears ARE nocturnal.

Bears are considered to be a nocturnal species, because they remain inactive during the day and go about their daily routine in the evening. During the night, the species will eat, search and hunt for food, tend to the young and engage in any other active play. During the day, bears are sleeping and remain inactive; though, it’s not uncommon for bears to be spotted during the day, but technically, their activities are restricted to evening hours. Bears are known to be highly adaptable to different environments, and they can reside in national parks, dense forests, swamps and dry regions.

Do Bears Hibernate?

However, while bears have traditionally been linked with the practice of hibernation, they are not, factually ,considered to be full hibernators. They’ve acquired the trait because of their periods of winter dormancy in which they can survive with minimal food reserves. When food storage depletes, bears will arise during the day to search for more food. During their search for food, bears will eat acorns, fruits, berries, roots and insects, because the species in omnivorous. Contrary to certain beliefs concerning their hunting practices, bears don’t hunt for humans, but they will attack if they feel gravely threatened or protective of their offspring. Their offspring, known as cubs, are born in winter time around the months of January and February.

 

Resources

“Black Bears.” Wildlife Damage Control. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Nov. 2012.  http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/uh085.pdf

“American Black Bear Fact Sheet – National Zoo| FONZ.” Welcome to the National Zoo| FONZ website – National Zoo| FONZ. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Nov. 2012.  http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Publications/ZooGoer/1999/2/fact-americanblack.cfm

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