Glacier National Park Cameras Capture a Black Bear Waking Up From Hibernation


Spring has finally arrived in Glacier National Park, and at least one black bear is taking its sweet time adjusting to the change. According to AP, the groggy bear has spent the past week waking up from its long winter nap, and the whole process has been captured by the Montana park's webcam.

The bear was first spotted stirring in its cottonwood tree den on March 23. Since then it has appeared on the video feed most evenings, and has even ventured away from its den to explore the surrounding branches. But so far, it always ends up settling back into the cozy hollow of the tree.

The bear's slow adjustment to a warm-weather routine is nothing unusual. After hibernating for six to seven months, black bears can spend weeks in a transitional state called walking hibernation. During this period, the animals spend a lot of time sleeping and keep movement to a minimum as they bring their metabolism back up to speed. When they eat, they stick to light snacks such as pussy willows and snow fleas.

Thanks to an especially snowy winter in Glacier National Park, bears have been even more reluctant to leave their dens this year. It may still be a few weeks before this particular bear leaves its own seasonal home behind, but when it does, it will be captured on the park's webcam.

[h/t AP]

FDA Recalls Several Dry Dog Foods That Could Cause Toxic Levels of Vitamin D

The FDA has recalled several brands of dry dog food that contain potentially toxic levels of vitamin D, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. While vitamin D is essential for dogs, too much of the nutrient can result in kidney failure and other serious health problems.

The FDA has already received reports of vitamin D toxicity in dogs that consumed certain dry foods. Pet owners are advised to stop using the following products:

Old Glory Hearty Turkey and Cheese Flavor Dog Food (manufactured by Sunshine Mills, Inc.)

Evolve Chicken & Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food (Sunshine Mills, Inc.)

Sportsman's Pride Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food (Sunshine Mills, Inc.)

Triumph Chicken & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food (Sunshine Mills, Inc.)

Nature's Promise Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food (Ahold Delhaize)

Nature's Place Real Country Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food (Ahold Delhaize)

Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food (sold at Kroger in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as King Soopers and City Market stores in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming)

ELM Chicken and Chickpea Recipe (ELM Pet Foods, Inc.)

ELM K9 Naturals Chicken Recipe (ELM Pet Foods, Inc.)

ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food (ANF, Inc.)

Orlando Grain-Free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe (sold at Lidl stores)

Natural Life Pet Products Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food

Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food

For the full list of UPC and lot numbers involved in the recall, visit the FDA's website.

Symptoms of vitamin D poisoning usually develop 12 to 36 hours after pets consume a suspect food, according to PetMD. The FDA says those symptoms include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. "Customers with dogs who have consumed this product and are exhibiting these symptoms should contact their veterinarian as soon as possible," the FDA writes.

The agency says the situation is still developing, and it will update the list of recalled brands as more information becomes available. According to WKRN News, veterinary professionals recommend sticking to dog foods that have an AAFCO label (from the Association of American Feed Control Officials) on them.

[h/t The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

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