Study reveals the secret lives of bears
The hibernation habits of black bears is examined in a new study.
February 20th, 2011
12:21 PM ET

Study reveals the secret lives of bears

Researchers at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks have figured out how bears hibernate, according to a recently published study.

It is the first study to examine the physiology of black bears during an experiment that lasted an entire hibernation season in a near-natural habitat. The results, published in Science, were released at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The study's findings could reportedly help improve understanding of the metabolic rate of bed-bound patients or accident victims.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    altho the lack of details in this story is unBEARable..

    February 20, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Just bear with them. They'll get better details...we'll get down to the bear facts...

    @Cesar: :)

    February 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    i can bearly wait.. i guess while im waiting i repack my wheel BEARings on my camaro..then i'll eat a bear claw..

    February 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    Let me know how you're bearing up!

    February 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    Two of the secrets revealed is that they use Charmain bathroom tissue and drink Hamm's beer in the land of sky-blue waters. The bears are suing for invasion of privacy.

    February 20, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Justina

    Another victimized species abused by mankind. If only humans followed the Jewish diet, the planet would have suffered so less.

    February 20, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justina

      Is bear hunting for the paws banned around the world? It should be. Humans are disgusting!!

      February 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    Hey banasy, I keep sayin hi but we seem to always just miss each other . And how are you ,Cesar?! banasy and RUFFNUT always crack me up!

    February 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ba ny

    We figuered out how bears hibernate but we cant figure out how to stop mexicans, or drugs for that matter, from crossing a border. lmao. gotta love america

    February 21, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. ba ny

    Wow we can figure out how bears hibernate but we cant stop mexicans with drugs crossing a border lmao. no wonder why we are deep in debt

    February 21, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. ba ny

    Ruffnut is always a good laugh. every damn blog got something funny from him

    February 21, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    Justina, a bear claw is a type of donut. That's what Ruffie meant. That's all.

    Hi, raven!!

    February 21, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. 4x4 jeep

    Hell ruffnutt is the only reason I keep comin back to cnn. Too funny indeed.

    February 21, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT

    i eat real bearclaws..not the donuts.. just ask my pet bear named peggy.

    February 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Moonatic

    RUFFNUT, Banasy, raven, Cesar, y'all crack me up.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brutus

    The day shall come when we shall die and decay with white slimmy fat hairy maggots eating our hard flesh.

    February 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
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