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Despite warm winter, most Minnesota bears will wait for true spring to emerge from hideaways

Minnesota DNR officials say that while a warm snap in early February may have rousted some male bears from their dens, sows with cubs are on a schedule determined by other factors, including daylight hours and when cubs are ready to roam. (Photo courtesy of Minnesota DNR)

It’ll take more than an ultra-warm stretch of late January and early February to roust most of Minnesota’s black bears from their wintertime hideaways.
While a few female “solos” and some males may have decided to explore what the heck winter recently had become, sows in hibernation with their cubs are awaiting a host of other indicators – including hours of daylight – to tell them it’s time to emerge, according to Andy Tri, the Minnesota DNR’s bear project leader stationed in Grand Rapids.

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