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Black Bear Den. This pile of rocks is a possible location where native black bears could hibernate over the winter months. Bears are not true hibernators, but their body temperature is lowered and their heart rate is slowed during the winter months. Their dens are usually covered with leaves and grass for warmth and to overcome unfavorable weather conditions. When they are not hibernating, bears will feast on grasses, fruit, nuts, berries, insects, and occasionally prey on small mammals.

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes