Too Hot to Hibernate: Head for the Hills!
As if anyone needs any more proof that global warming is real, biologists have discovered that in Spain, bears are no longer hibernating for the winter. In California, chipmunks, mice and squirrels are moving to higher elevations, where the weather is cooler. They’ve been doing this for around 100 years, showing that climate change is nothing new.
Brown bears have stopped hibernating in the mountains of northern Spain. In the Independent, Genevi?ve Roberts quotes bear expert Guillermo Palomero as saying, “If the winter is mild, the female bears find it is energetically worthwhile to make the effort to stay awake and hunt for food.” Residents have spotted them moving through the forests at a time when they’re normally asleep.