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Bear Facts

7 December 2011
Photo courtesy fws.gov

Photo courtesy fws.gov

We love us some bears at Black Forest Décor. We offer a wide selection of bear décor simply because bears make great cabin décor—they can be friendly and whimsical or noble and mysterious, and they make wonderful symbols of the great outdoors. Here are some things you might not know about bears.

  • Grizzly bear cubs are usually born between January and March. A grizzly cub can climb trees until he is about a year old.
  • You probably already knew that a baby bear is called a cub, but you might not have known that a female bear is called a sow and a male bear is called a boar.
  • The largest bear species are brown bears and polar bears.
  • Bears eat constantly during the months before winter to make sure they have enough reserves to get through their winter sleep. During the winter, a black bear might lose between 30 and 50 percent of its fat reserves. Black bears mostly eat berries, nuts, grasses, carrion and insects. Only about 15 to 20 percent of their diet comes from meat.
  • Bears can be dangerous, but they mostly want to avoid people. So if you’re out in bear country, try to avoid surprising a bear—make your presence known by making noise or talking—and give any bear you encounter plenty of space. Here are some guidelines for keeping ever-hungry bears away from your camp food, and for handling an encounter with a bear if that should occur.

Bears are beautiful, shy, intelligent and curious, and they are certainly fun to watch (from a distance). They’re also abundantly fun to decorate with if you enjoy rustic styles. So here’s to bears! May your berries be plentiful and your cubs extra curious.

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