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Bruins not so sleepy

Not all bears enjoy a peaceful slumber through the entire winter.

Members of the Around the Block Lumby Facebook page posted that they had recently spotted a bear near the North Okanagan community. But, Conservation Officer Micah Kneller says it is really not that uncommon for a bear to be up and about before spring.

“It's not out of the norm, especially when it's not that cold out,” said Kneller. “If they are disturbed or we get a warm snap, they can wake up, move around and then go back and den again.”

Kneller said bears don't truly hibernate.

“It's actually more like a deep sleep, where they can snap out of (it),” he said. “If it gets cold again, they will go back to their den.”

Kneller said there have been no official reports of bear sightings in Lumby.



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