Bear hibernation could be ending much earlier this year

WildSafeBC says hot, dry summer last year means bears couldn’t build up body fat as much as normal

Bear biologists in B.C. are seeing bears waking from hibernation earlier than usual, which puts them in danger of not finding enough food when they wake up.

Frank Ritcey, provincial coordinator of WildSafeBC, says the conservation service has already had 130 calls about bears throughout the province, but it’s too early to tell if there will be real problems until the bulk of the bears wake up.

“I think this year, by March, we’ll see an increase in bear activity over last year, and I think that’s partly because the bears went to bed a bit hungrier last fall than normal because of that long, hot, dry summer we had,” Ritcey told CBC Daybreak South host Chris Walker.

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