Bear – Habits of Black - Will you give us a few pointers on where to look for bears n the low mountain region of the Alleghenies; whether in a brush, laurel, or open woods; on high or low ground; the time of day to find them moving about; and general information regarding the habits of black bears during October and November.
My first home was among the mountains of Pennsylvania, and it was there that I became acquainted with the black bear, having trapped and killed several of them while I was yet a boy. At that time of year I think you are most likely to find the bears in places where chestnut and oak timber grows, feeding on the nuts and acorns. I am presuming that such trees are found in your part of the country. They work among this timber until well along in November. I cannot say at what time of day or night they are most active, but think that the time of day makes little difference to them-when hungry they hunt food; then thirsty they go to water; and when in need of rest they sleep. If they are inclined to sleep more at one time than another does, I think it is mid-day. I think they prefer to rest on a North Slope, and nearly always den up on the north side of a mountain. But they do not den up in central Pennsylvania, permanently, until about December-it depends much on the weather. If the habits of the bears of West Virginia differ from those found in Pennsylvania, it is only because the nature of the country differs, for instance there my be beech trees instead of oak and chestnut, and the bears would be found feeding on beechnuts. Earlier or later seasons may also make some difference.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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