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. Bleh

    They just go to sleep, don't they? Lol!

    February 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. OK

    I didn't know it was a secret

    February 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    They just had to know... does a bear poop in the woods? of course it does..

    February 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT

    A LITTLE known bear secret is that bears can only make right turns...

    February 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT

    also the reason bears attack people is cause to bears humans tatse like kfc..

    February 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Goldilocks

    Their beds aren't that comfy... .

    February 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      @Goldilocks

      YOU just messed up big time... my dad is an fbi aggent and there is still a warrent out for your arrest for b&e,,, now that you posted your comment we will track you down and you will pay for your crimes..

      nothing personal.. i just need the reward money for new tires on my camaro..

      February 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    check his credit card receipts .thats what id do if i suspected my bear had a secret life .

    February 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @RuffNut, what? We taste like KFC to bears? Would that be original or crispy?

    February 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    Crispy. Beary, beary crispy.

    February 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT

    i hear that if you sing the song "bear necessidys' FROM THE JUNGLE BOOK a bear will not attack..

    February 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    Ruffie, you still haven't been able to replace the tires the *ahem* kitty slashed? Spring is a-coming! Did you get the kitty pee off it yet?

    February 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RUFFNUTT

    YEP.. i got some studed snow tires... there awesome.. when you power brake the pavement really flys.. plus they trow sparks..

    February 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    Awesome! Sparks! That'll keep the popo off your trail!

    February 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RUFFNUTT

    i wish they would have paid me to do tis study.. this would have been my report..

    1. me hungry me eat fish..
    2. eww i gotta go..
    3 more fish im hungry...
    4. any female bears around here?? oh theres one..
    5. im sleepy now, i think i'll take a nap..

    February 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    @banasy: Beary crispy? Girl you cracked me up uncontrollably! Never heard that one before.

    February 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
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