Today Tiburtius day, according to ancient folklore, the day when the bear leaves the den. I have not seen any tracks yet but they tend to be awake this time of year. Soon, you can see the impressive tracks on patches of snow and along muddy roads.
First time after they woke up, they stay around the bear den. The body needs to get in shape after the long sleep. The plug ... need to be removed and bowel function get started. Tree Bark can serve as food for some time, but as soon as they start wandering ants stands for maximum protein intake and other goodies that they find, like rotten moose carcass. Yummy!
It is exciting to study the area surrounding a used Bear's Den, after the bear left it, of course. (okay, more exciting if the bear is still in the area but it could then become unhealthy excitement ...)
At a Bear training camp I found the bear had; Climbed into seven trees, sometimes up to 6 meters in height. Knocked over and demolished seven rotten tree trunks. He had slaughtered six small spruces, fifteen birch saplings and three smaller pines. He had also clawed, bitten and lopped twenty pines, two birches and three firs. Spruce twigs were then braided into thick and warm beds.
Seven meters pine bark had been used to fill a hungry bear's stomach. Eleven droppings confirmed that fiber is good for the stomach. And some toothpicks were not needed ...