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Bears in Nógrád County

admin 2014.10.31.

The footprints of European brown bears (Ursus arctos arctos) have been found in Nógrád country, confirming several sightings in the last couple of months, reports new agency MTI. Experts say the bears have set up camp in the northern part of Nógrád and Heves counties, close to the Slovakian border. Knowing the increasing bear population in Slovakia, many experts have already anticipated the bears’ expansion.

Brown bears can grow to a huge size, males up to 350kg, females to 200kg. The biggest brown bear was caught in Romania and weighed 480kg. They usually forage in the morning and evening and rest under dense vegetation during the day. Depending on the season, brown bears may travel hundreds of kilometers during the autumn to locate food supplies.

Hibernation lasts from around October/December to March/May. In certain southern areas however, hibernation is very short or may not occur at all. To hibernate, bears choose a location such as a burrow, located on a sheltered slope under a large stone or among the roots of a large tree. Dens may be used on repeated occasions over the years.

MTI, WWF, MTI photo Péter Komka


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