Pennsylvania Game News - April 2021 - 6

Susan Kehoe - Shutterstck

Always steer clear of black bears with cubs.
Given their limited defenses, sows are
extremely protective of their cubs.

by late December and you won't see
them searching for food again until
typically early March. There's little
bear activity anywhere in January
and February. It's really an anomaly. "
Back in the winter of 1977-78,
Alt recalled, there was a tremendous
amount of snow in the Poconos
and it stayed all winter. That led to
substantial whitetail winter mortality
due to starvation.
" At almost every bear den I
entered while tagging cubs, there was
6

deer hair and deer hides, " Alt said.
" They were eating the dead deer and
dragging the hides into the dens and
sleeping on them! "
In addition to rock cavities, bears
hibernate in large ground nests,
ground dugouts, brush piles, even
under porches and in culverts. And
individual bears do not use the same
dens year after year, Carrollo noted.
" But that won't stop another bear
from using the former den of another
bear in subsequent winters, " she said.
Males in Pennsylvania often den
in a bear nest, Alt said, which is like a
giant bird nest, 5 to 6 feet across and
up to 12 inches deep constructed of
bitten-off limbs, leaves and grasses.
" They roll up into a ball to
hibernate, " Alt explained. " They
breathe down on to their abdominal
area, which also helps keep them
warm, especially those that have
newborn cubs. "
Bears typically emerge from
dens for good sometime between
early March and mid-April. The
availability of food, or the hope of it,
gets them going, Alt said.
" Really warm temperatures also
certainly increase activity, " Alt
explained. " They're much more
likely to come out of the den and
look around when you start to get
temperatures above freezing. But
remember, females nursing cubs
must stay put. No matter how warm it
is, they can't go anywhere until their
cubs are more mobile. "



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