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Hibernation Fast Facts

  • Brown bears slow down their heart rate and breathing, and lower their body temperature during hibernation.
  • They don’t eat, drink, sleep, or go to the bathroom for more than half the year during their hibernation.
  • They survive off of the salmon and other food they eat during the summer.
  • Up to 25% of adult males don’t hibernate at all.
Preparation for winter begins now. See it live on the Brown Bear and Salmon cam, which launches today.
*Photo by Flickr user Tambako the Jaguar