Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Sydney Young
FWP Game Warden 

Although the ground is barely bare, be bear aware

Field Notes

 

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FWP Game Warden Sydney Young (406) 210-1299 • sydney.young@mt.gov

Warming temperatures and clear skies have started to thaw the valley floor. Even though snow will remain at high altitudes for a while longer, grizzly and black bears have emerged from their winter dens. These bears have spent the last few months in torpor, not hibernation- a common misconception!

Torpor, defined as a state of physical or mental inactivity, differs from hibernation in one surprising way- bears can- and do- wake up! For example, female bears will awaken from torpor to give birth to one to three cubs during the winter months.

In torpor, the metabolic and breathing rates dec...



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