This photo was taken in Wells Gray on Oct. 24, 2018, showing a mother black bear and her two cubs ravenously chowing down on grasses as nature prepares them for their quickly approaching winter hibernation. Jill Hayward photo:

“Non, nom, nom” said the three bears

The rush is on to consume 20,000 calories a day for B.C.’s bears

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/

Source: WildsafeBC

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