Bears starting to wake from winter hibernation in Muskoka – Ontario News

Bears starting to wake from winter hibernation in Muskoka – Ontario News



MUSKOKA – A sure sign of spring is when animals re-emerge after their winter’s hibernation.


Last year was the “year of the bear” in Muskoka as local sanctuary, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, saw an uncharacteristic amount of injured bears and bear activity. The sanctuary successfully rehabilitated a total of 10 injured bears, with six of those coming in in September alone.


Sanctuary managing director, Howard Smith, said last year’s warm and dry summer attributed to the uptick in injured bears.


“It was a pretty dry summer and the berry crops into the summer were poor,” said Smith. “Acorns and apples later were OK … so it shifted where the food was most available.”


Environment Canada is forecasting a “warmer than normal” April and May and Smith said, “it’s hard to say,” whether the warmer temperatures will have an impact on the spring bears emerging from hibernation.


“In terms of bears, it’s all about food for them,” said Smith.


Smith said the warmer…



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