With spring just a few weeks away, animals in hibernation are starting to wake up.
Brown bears at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center are awake after their five-month long nap, according to Executive Director Mike Miller.
Miller says that hibernation is how bears survive through the winter. He says that a thick layer of fat, the loss of a constant food source, and the first good snow of the winter puts bears into hibernation.
According to Miller, the hibernating bears are roused by warmer temperatures and melting snow. The bears wake up slowly and groggy.
Miller also warns that now is the time to keep an eye on your yards and to remove all attractants. Anything that makes a slight smell should be cleaned up and thrown away.
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