Mother bears and their cubs enjoy the summer weather and abundance of roots, berries and other plants available for their consumption. The cubs also continue to nurse, although this puts a tremendous strain on the mother. In addition to the calories required to feed her cubs, she must also be working to put on the layer of fat that will keep her alive during the winter. For this purpose, she must consume 20,000 calories per day during the abundant summer months.
July provides plenty of food for bears, but its bounty is nothing compared to what August has in store.