March 2018 BEAR HIBERNATION REPORT: East Flank & Pine Nuts


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 14 March 2018

 

BEAR HIBERNATION REPORT

East Flank & Pine Nuts

Bears wake after quiet winter,
Record Courier, March 13, 2018.

"As I was coming down Kingsbury, I saw some very fresh bear tracks," Nevada Department of Wildlife Human-Bear Conflict Specialist Heather Reich said. "It's about mid-March when the males start coming out."

"Sierra bears took to their dens this winter, but Reich said that wasn't the case further east."

"While our Sierra bears all denned as normal, bears in the Pine Nuts didn't," she said. "There was not a lot of snow out east, and the Pine Nuts had food available, so they didn't feel the need to den."

"Typically they come out of their den and drop down into the valleys, where all the green up is happening," Reich said. "Fresh grass is high in sugar content. As the snow melts, they follow the green up the mountain."

"People need to start getting their minds in gear for the bears..."

"Dogs are another deterrent for bears."

"They have a natural fear of dogs...The only predator against a bear is a wolf, bears are very reactive to dogs."

 

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