Bears that eat ‘junk food’ may hibernate less and age faster

Wildlife raiding human foods might risk faster cellular aging

black bear eating trash

BEAR BINGE  The more a black bear snacks like a human, the more likely that bear is to skimp on hibernation, a new study says. And shorter hibernation might accelerate aging at the cellular level.

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