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Yukon wildlife officials notice late grizzly appearances

Yukon Territory, Canada
Late hibernation - At least three grizzly bears have been spotted in recent weeks in western Arctic communities, leading scientists and wildlife managers to wonder if warm weather is keeping the bears from hibernating. The majority of bears in the region go into their dens mid- to late-October. Prior to this year, the latest they had ever seen a bear out was Nov. 5. It is possible that some of the bears started hibernating, but then came out of their dens because of milder than usual weather. "So if there is a warm day, or if there's a lot of noise outside the den, it's not uncommon for the bear just to come and check it out, especially in early spring or late fall when it's not super-cold yet."

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