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North American Black Bear

Meet Fuzzy. An American Black Bear.
    Fuzzy is a captive born and raised black bear and is very laid back. He was given to the zoo in the summer of 1998 at the age of 6 years old. He is now 21 years old and weighs between 400 and 500 pounds, maybe more. A true gental giant.

 North American Black Bear at GarLyn Zoo North American Black Bear at GarLyn Zoo North American Black Bear at GarLyn Zoo


     His weight will vary depending on the time of year. Black bear really bulk up for the long winter sleep. They can sleep or hibernate for as long as 5 to 7 months during which they don't eat, drink, urinate or defecate. It is also during this time that the mother black bear gives birth. Usually 1 to 3 cubs are born. In the wild black bear eat nuts, berries, grasses and a just about anything they come across. A lot of what they eat depends on the area they are from, because Black Bear are found all across North America, their diets may vary greatly. Here at GarLyn Zoological Park, Fuzzy is feed fresh grass, fruits, vegetables, and dog food. As I write this its February and Fuzzy is fast asleep in his den on a bed of leaves and straw. He started hibernating around Mid-December but was out every few days to see what was going on. He finally resided to the fact that it was really winter about the first of January and has been in the den since then. His coming out of the den may be due to my being out there every day and feeding animals next to him, if left undisturbed, possibly he would have stayed in the den longer. He doesn't stay out long once the snow falls, because he doesn't like walking in the snow and follows the same foot prints every time.

     Black bear can start to hibernate as early as the first part of October. Fuzzy rarely goes in the den before November and he comes out of his den to eat every day or so, until mid November or even December, when he decided to pack it in for the rest of the winter.


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