Friday, December 22, 2006

Climate Change vs Mother Nature: Scientists reveal that bears have stopped hibernating

Bears are supposed to hibernate in the winter, right? That's what we were told as school children, etc. Climate Change vs Mother Nature: Scientists reveal that bears have stopped hibernating discusses changing habits of brown bears in Northern Spain. They are most decidedly not sleeping off the winter any longer.

The article describes that since the temperature has risen the bears are now finding it energetically worthwhile to make the effort to stay awake and hunt for food.

The article reports researchers with La FundaciĆ³n Oso Pardo who have been tracking bear habits in Spain, and have been seeing clear signs over the years of bears remaining awake through the winter.