Bear Hibernation Study

While listening to National Public Radio on the way into work yesterday, I heard a wonderful study on bears.  The basis for the study was hibernation.  They wanted to be able to monitor bears as they went into, stayed and came out of the hibernation process.

This study was conducted at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  There are many bears that they capture when they get into the cities.  This is a radio piece, but they also have a transcript of the report:

Bear Hibernation Study on NPR

This study found some amazing information, like the bear’s metabolism slows way down, but its internal temperature doesn’t drop much at all.  Also, they don’t lose muscle mass after long months of inactivity, unlike bed ridden patients.

It will make me never look at a bear in the same way again.

Source: National Public Radio

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