HARTFORD – During the fall season, black bears increase their food intake to add the necessary fat stores to help them survive the winter. The hunt for more food makes bears very active, and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reminding residents of several good practices to reduce the likelihood of a bear encounter.
In the fall, bears feed on high-calorie nuts and seeds for up to 20 hours a day in a race against time. This annual energy-consuming marathon is called binge eating. During binge eating, bears should eat 10 times more calories than they normally consume, or at least 20,000 calories per day. Their goal: to gain as much weight and insulating fat as possible before heading home for the winter. Even bears that live in warmer southern climates and return to their den later, or sometimes not at all, still experience binge eating in the fall.
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