Bears need large stores of fat to make it through the winter and because of that they are voracious eaters and can consume over 20,000 calories a day. This phase of intense eating is called hyperphagia.
Bears are omnivorous animals with vegetation making up about 80 per cent of their diet and the remainder coming from things like small rodents, fish, insects, carrion (dead animals) and sometimes young deer, elk or moose.
Bears in the North Thompson are now getting ready to go into a deep sleep or denning period, usually between November through to April when they will lose approximately 30 per cent of their weight.
To find more about B.C.’s bears go to: https://wildsafebc.com/black-bear/