What do captive Black bears do in
Some people think
when a black bear hibernates, they sleep for months. Black Bears really
don't sleep all the time. At least Sybil and Benny don't.
However, they will sleep a lot more in the cold months than in the warmer
Sometimes Sybil and Benny will go outside and play awhile. but, they
don't stay out long during hibernation time.
If the weather is really cold, they pretty much stay buried in their
nest that Benny had prepared prior to hibernation.
When Sybil was a year old, she was not interested in
hibernating much. I think part of the reason was due to the milder
winter months and she was alone. Now that she has Benny, she seems much
happier and content.
In the summer months, Sybil and Benny fill up on food to store fat for
winter hibernation. A nature instinct for bears is to eat a lot in
the summer months. This will store enough fat for them to hibernate in
the winter months.
Sybil and Benny are not fed much in the winter. Even though, it is
natural for wild bears to not eat during winter months, they get very
little food, depending on the temperature, they usually get a little
food once or twice a week. It would only be a few eggs, or small snacks.
Due to their inactivity, it is best not to feed them much during
Black bears breeding season is generally June-July.
Sybil or Benny are not fixed. However, Sybil
never had cubs. (Which is good on my part). I have heard that if
bears in hibernation are fed a little, this could throw off the females
production system. By doing so, this could cause any possible pregnancy
to not develop. A females productive system is designed to carry
a fertilized egg in her womb for many months
The fertilized egg
usually goes into a dormant stage and will not implant in the uterus
At that time is when the embryo begins to develop into a fetus.
Given the above information, it is still not a
sure cure to prevent a female bear from having cubs.
I just have been lucky. I have heard this method helps.
My thoughts on a Black Bear's Natural Den
and Natural environment
|In the wild, a bear
or any other animal, will make the best of what they can.
I believe if most black bears had a choice, they would prefer
being somewhere high up.
They may feel more secure.
Sybil and Benny have that choice.. They could have made their nest below
their loft, but, they preferred the loft.. (which is high up)
Obviously, in the wild there is no choice. Where can a black bear in the
wild go up high and make a den?
Some people believe that when a black bear or any other type of
animal is being raised in captivity, that this is cruel to the animal.
Some also seem to think all bears and other exotics animals belong in their natural habitat. I believe, this natural
habitat is considered NATURAL, only because, these animals have no choice.
They do the best they can for what they have. However, when they are
in a pen, it is a good idea to to add some natural items in it.
If a person was living in the wild, what would they do?
They would most likely, hunt food, try and find somewhere warm and keep
moving to find more food and to avoid predators. I think this is why Black
bears and other wild animals keep moving to different areas or as I have
heard, "black bears will roam anywhere from 1 mile to 100 mile
This sounds like they are looking for food and escaping predators.
Personally, I think a bears worse enemy are people and cars.
I also hear people say, "Black Bears should not be
confined to one area" but, in the wild, they have to keep moving
to find food and to escape predators.
There are people (especially PETA) think all exotics should stay
in the wild and not kept captive.
if these animals are in good homes, then there is no doubt in my
mind, that some of these "wild animals" as some people call
them, should NOT live in the wild. (I am only referring to
Please keep in mind that most animals in wild do not have long
lives. Their worse enemy are people and cars. What happens
to cubs mother when someone shoots her or if the mother gets hit
by a car?
I am not saying I am right nor am I saying I am wrong..
This is only my opinion based on Sybil and Benny's actions.