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Re(2): Chickadee Trail feeders


It would depend somewhat on the weather and availability of their natural food, as well as the individual bear. I think by late November most should be in hibernation here. I found an article that says Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s two permanent resident bears didn’t hibernate until early December in 2016. (https://www.muskokaregion.com/community-story/7218611-bears-starting-to-wake-from-winter-hibernation-in-muskoka/)

Here’s an interesting study on bear denning:
https://www.bearbiology.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Kolenosky_Strathearn_Vol_7.pdf

The area was well north of Muskoka, so hibernation dates would be expected to be earlier than here. Even so, the latest den entry date in the study was Nov. 29. Excerpt: “for all years, bears that fed on acorns denned significantly later than non-acorn feeders, attesting to the importance of food in maintaining late fall activity. We observed several bears feeding on acorns after 5-15 cm of snow had accumulated on the ground and minimum daily temperatures were well below freezing”

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