Global Warming Cutting Into Bear Naptime

from Wildlife Promise

0 12/22/2006 // By Kristin Johnson // ,

Apparently global warming hasn’t heard the phrase “let sleeping bears lie.” Spain’s balmy winter is affecting the animals’ hibernation cycles:

Climate Change vs Mother Nature
Scientists reveal that bears have stopped hibernating
By Geneviève Roberts

Bears have stopped hibernating in the mountains of northern Spain, scientists revealed yesterday, in what may be one of the strongest signals yet of how much climate change is affecting the natural world.

In a December in which bumblebees, butterflies and even swallows have been on the wing in Britain, European brown bears have been lumbering through the forests of Spain’s Cantabrian mountains, when normally they would already be in their long, annual sleep.

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