Hartford – During the fall season, black bears increase their food intake to add reserves of fat needed to help them survive the winter. Foraging for more food makes bears very active and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reminding residents of several best practices to reduce the likelihood of encountering a bear.
During the fall, bears forage on calorie-packed nuts and seeds for up to 20 hours a day in a race against time. This annual marathon of energy consumption is called overeating. During overeating, bears need to eat 10 times the calories they normally consume – a minimum of 20,000 calories per day. Their goal: to gain weight and isolate fat as much as possible before turning to winter. Even bears that live in warmer climates in the south and go to their den later, or sometimes not at all, still overeat in the fall.