(CBS4)– Do you know how much bears need to eat to bulk up before hibernation? According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, during late summer and early fall, bears need 20,000 calories a day to gain enough fat to survive the winter without eating or drinking.
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CPW took some pictures of bear cubs in rehabilitation at Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehab in Wetmore as they were enjoying a hearty snack. Officers say this time of year, it’s basically a feeding frenzy for 20 hours a day.
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More than 90% of a bear’s natural diet is grasses, berries, fruits, nuts and plants. The rest is primarily insects and scavenged carcasses.
CPW said bears have a nose that’s 100 times more sensitive than ours, which means that a bear can literally smell food five miles away!
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Learn to be Bear Aware with a special education section on CPW’s website which has some other fun facts about bears and how humans can coexist with bears in Colorado.