Sunday, June 19, 2016

Climbing a Tree to Study Black Bear Hibernation Behavior

I must confess, I have never heard of black bears hibernating in trees until seeing this video. Earlier this year the Great Smoky Mountains Association published this short video showing Great Smoky Mountains Wildlife Biologist, Ryan Williamson, climbing an old growth Buckeye tree to confirm that a female black bear, known to have 3 cubs, was denned in a hollowed out cavity inside the tree - roughly 60 feet off the ground!


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