Emerging From Hibernation

EUROPEAN BROWN BEARS EMERGE FROM HIBERNATIONHere’s a program from our archives. Ambience: Brown Bear CubThat may sound like a motorboat, but it’s actually a very contented brown bear cub, nursing at its mother’s breast. In Europe, Brown Bears have just emerged from their hibernation. I’m Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet.When the temperature dropped this past winter, the mother bear disappeared into a cave for her season long hibernation. She was actually awake much of that time, and somewhere during these months she gave birth to her cubs. Now that the weather’s warming up again, it’s time for them to venture out, and for the newborns to have their first taste of the real world.The one-pound cubs are dwarfed by their 500 pound mother, and they aren’t interested in much other than nursing and playing. It will be some time before the cubs actually forage, and with any luck, it will be even longer before they have to worry about the dangers around them.According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, while brown bears still range over Russia and eastern Europe, in the west they’re territory’s been reduced mainly to the mountain ranges of Spain, France and Italy. In many countries where the bears once prospered, they’re now listed as threatened, for many reasons. The bears’ habitat is quickly disappearing, and farmers and ranchers often shoot them on sight. The bears are also endangered by poaching, not just for their furs. Their gall bladder bile is an ingredient used in some Chinese medicines.In the US, we call Brown Bears Grizzlies, and they’re mostly found in Alaska and the far northwest. Here too, hunting and loss of habitat have combined to eliminate the Grizzly from much of its former range.It remains unclear what the future holds for this creature that the Japanese once called “That Divine One Who Reigns in the Mountains.”I’m Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Emerging From Hibernation

Brown bears are emerging from hibernation around Europe, and many of them have to face the dangers of an increasingly hostile world.
Air Date:03/05/2020
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EUROPEAN BROWN BEARS EMERGE FROM HIBERNATIONHere's a program from our archives. Ambience: Brown Bear CubThat may sound like a motorboat, but it's actually a very contented brown bear cub, nursing at its mother's breast. In Europe, Brown Bears have just emerged from their hibernation. I'm Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet.When the temperature dropped this past winter, the mother bear disappeared into a cave for her season long hibernation. She was actually awake much of that time, and somewhere during these months she gave birth to her cubs. Now that the weather's warming up again, it's time for them to venture out, and for the newborns to have their first taste of the real world.The one-pound cubs are dwarfed by their 500 pound mother, and they aren't interested in much other than nursing and playing. It will be some time before the cubs actually forage, and with any luck, it will be even longer before they have to worry about the dangers around them.According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, while brown bears still range over Russia and eastern Europe, in the west they're territory's been reduced mainly to the mountain ranges of Spain, France and Italy. In many countries where the bears once prospered, they're now listed as threatened, for many reasons. The bears' habitat is quickly disappearing, and farmers and ranchers often shoot them on sight. The bears are also endangered by poaching, not just for their furs. Their gall bladder bile is an ingredient used in some Chinese medicines.In the US, we call Brown Bears Grizzlies, and they're mostly found in Alaska and the far northwest. Here too, hunting and loss of habitat have combined to eliminate the Grizzly from much of its former range.It remains unclear what the future holds for this creature that the Japanese once called "That Divine One Who Reigns in the Mountains."I'm Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet.