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Black Bear Fecal Plug

Black bears recently emerged from four or more months of winter dormancy, during which time they did not eat, drink, defecate or urinate. After some intense foraging in the fall, black bear activity slows down, and eventually, as the food supply dwindles, they enter dens. During the months when they are dormant, black bears have what is called a fecal plug that blocks their gastrointestinal tract. Much of this plug consists of hair that the bear ingests while licking its coat. When the bear emerges in the spring, this plug is expelled. The pictured plug is roughly 6” long and 3 ½” at its widest point.

3 responses

  1. Oh good now that’s over. Phew!!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm

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    March 29, 2011 at 12:00 am

  3. Pingback: Ever Wonder What Happens To A Bear’s Butt During Hibernation? | Web Media Publishing

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