Who's Having a February Birthday?
February represents the month of love for humans and many other animal species, but for black bears, it's a time of birth. Female black bears usually breed every other year and cubs are born from early January to mid-February. Anywhere from 1-4 cubs are born at a time, weighing just half a pound to three-quarters of a pound, but they put on weight quickly. The cubs are raised by their mother for about a year and half, during which she teaches them what to eat and how to survive. When the mother is ready to breed again, she will send her yearlings to fend for themselves.