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Wild Ideas: Black Bears

Black bears are walking stomachs – if food is scarce, they’ll go looking for it.

Autumn triggers a period of gluttony in bears. During this marathon of eating and drinking, bears forage up to 20 hours and pack on 1 to 2 pounds a day, increasing their body weight by 35 percent. They may drink several gallons of water and consume 20,000 calories in a day. The human equivalent? 80 McDonald’s hamburgers.

Acorns and other nuts are full of fat and protein, and are among a bear’s favorite foods. A hungry bear climbs trees to eat acorns before they drop. Packing on fat is critical before they enter a winter den and sleep through lean months when their preferred foods are not available.

You can learn more about black bears at the Arkansas Wildlife You Tube Channel.

Join Kirsten Bartlow for Wild Ideas as she explores wildlife and conservation topics across Arkansas—from the Ozark Mountains to the Delta bayous.