Summer Beds

Bears generally bed away from people and other bears. In cold weather, especially in spring when the ground is still frozen, they insulate themselves from the ground by raking up leaf litter or placing conifer boughs in their beds. They obtain the boughs by biting branches off conifer saplings. Sometimes they strip the bark off cedars to use as bedding. In warm weather, they bed directly on the ground, often in cool, damp, mossy areas.

Bear Beds:

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