Posts tagged ‘Bear’

Do bears hibernate?

The long winter nap is a famous bear habit.  Although most wild bears that live in cold northern lands sleep a great deal during the winter, they do not really hibernate.

Bears do not sleep soundly the whole time, as do the woodchuck and other true hibernators.

A loud noise can easily awaken a sleeping bear. The bear may even wake up and come out of its den on mild winter days.

Big Animal

A bear prepares for its winter sleep by eating so much food that it gets fat.  The fat helps nourish the bear’s body while it sleeps.

With the arrival of cold weather the bear stops eating and looks for a cave, a brush pile or a hollow in the base of a tree to use as a den.  The den protects the bear from the weather.

When spring comes, the bear is awakened by the change in temperature and by hunger.

Animals that sleep through the winter do so to reduce their need for food during the cold lean winter months. – Dick Rogers

 

What is a wolverine?

The wolverine is the largest member of the weasel family, weighing up to thirty pounds.  With its dark, shaggy hair and short bushy tail, the wolverine looks something like a small bear.  It lives in northern forests.

It has a skunk-like scent for defense and is sometimes called a “skunk bear.”

Wolverine

For its size, the wolverine is unequaled in appetite and craftiness, and is the trapper’s worst enemy.

During the winter, the wolverine follows the trapper’s footsteps and skillfully steals the bait from the traps set for more valuable animals, or eats the animals caught in the trap.

The wolverine not only robs the trapper of his bait and catch, but may even sneak into the trapper’s cabin, eat his food and steal anything in sight, including rifles, axes, dishes, even blankets, all of which it carries away and buries.

It repays his “host” by leaving the cabin uninhabitable by its foul smell.

Because they have been hunted ruthlessly, wolverines have become rare in North America and are seldom seen enough of Canada today. – Dick Rogers