“Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!”

The unseasonably warm weather continues to melt Steamboat Springs white gold (aka snow), which in turn is waking our fair-weather friends up early.  RE/MAX Partners of Steamboat Springs has a juvenile black bear gracing his presence as of late.  According to, Peter Tyson’s article, Bear Essentials of Hibernation, “One of the most celebrated hibernators is the American black bear (Ursus americanus). It can go for as long as 100 days without eating, drinking, urinating, defecating, or exercising. Biologists have long acknowledged that hibernating black bears may have something to teach us, and they are now studying the animals with an eye to aiding everything from organ preservation to kidney disorders, from human hibernation to long-distance space travel. With this in mind, it’s worth taking a closer look at the black bear and its stunning physiological feats. How can it survive for so long without drinking? Why doesn’t hunger force it to wake up and seek a meal in midwinter? What triggers it to enter and leave its den?”

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