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Blane Klemek column: Bears find a variety of hibernation dens

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I've written about black bears many times over the years, including about not only one particular Minnesota black bear, but about her and other black bears' dens.

How a black bear goes about choosing a den is highly interesting. In fact, I'm not sure anyone really knows. Indeed, from curling up inside a cave to crawling into the tangled branches of a brush pile, the American black bears aren't - as it turns out - especially choosy about where they end up spending any given winter.

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