's beautiful story of
a mother bear and her cub explores the life of these very special bears through
all four seasons of the year. As her story shows, bears are amazing
creatures with fascinating habits and routines. Inspired by Big Bear and Little
One, we decided to learn a little bit more about the bears in our part of the
world. Here’s what we found out (and bear with me if the puns are a little
"This is where our journey begins," She said.
Big Bear and her cub start their journey in the forest in
springtime. Spring is the beginning of a long forage for food for most bears.
As very few plants have flowered or put out leaves right at the beginning of
spring, many bears begin traveling to find warmer areas where berries or fruits
have survived the winter or spring has come a little early.
"Little One watched Big Bear and learned how to fish..."
As bears wait for spring to take hold in their habitats,
they often look for sources of protein and fat in other animals and in fish. However, bear in mind that these magnificent mammals are omnivorous, and their diets are almost entirely made up of plants and fruits. Areas of vegetation and water often attract bears because of the
food sources both on the shores and in the water. Rivers and lakes are also
needed for drinking and cooling in the warm summer months.
“Together they explored far and wide...”
Bears travel throughout the year, and do not necessarily
establish a specific territory or home. They like to go wherever there are good sources of food. A mother bear like Big Bear will still travel around as many as 100
square miles with her cub, but other bears that do not have cubs will forage
for food in areas as large as 200 square miles.
“…and filled their hungry tummies with ripe autumn berries.”
Black bears love the forest because they are natural
climbers, and they can climb trees for fruits, nuts, and bearries. They also love wooded
areas because they provide a large variety of vegetation for exploring and
eating. Bears have even been known to hibernate in tree holes far above the ground.
“In the warm darkness, Big Bear and Little One curled up
together and waited for spring.”
Just like Big Bear and Little One, most bears spend the
spring, summer, and autumn filling up and gaining weight so that their bodies
can survive without food during the winter. Bears can make their dens in high
tree holes, burrows, or a cave. All they need is a sheltered spot to stay safe
and sleep through the cold winter.
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