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Bears Uncouple Temperature and Metabolism for Hibernation

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avatar Bears Uncouple Temperature and Metabolism for Hibernation
February 18, 2011 03:25PM
ScienceDaily (Feb. 18, 2011) — Several American black bears, captured by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game after wandering a bit too close to human communities, have given researchers the opportunity to study hibernation in these large mammals like never before. Surprisingly, the new findings show that although black bears only reduce their body temperatures slightly during hibernation, their metabolic activity drops dramatically, slowing to about 25 percent of their normal, active rates.

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