It’s winter in Tahoe and, for the most part, bears have gone into some form of hibernation. But black bears don’t officially hibernate, but instead enter a lighter form of hibernation called torpor. In torpor, bears will emerge from their den during mild winter days to look for food.
This week, Placer County Sheriff officers spotted a black bear cub and its mama bear strolling around outside their station in Tahoe City. But when the officers came out to video the bears, the mama bear came to the defense of it’s cub.
Watch the scene:
The event is a reminder to people that not only are bears still around during the winter, they should be avoided at all costs. Stay aware of all bear activity and keep a clear distance.