I am sure you are wondering why I posted a picture of a hollow tree. Well, I don't know how many of you know this, that tree could be a perfect den for a bear this winter. Our black bears tend to prefer trees like this where they can climb up into the top section and wedge themselves in good and tight. The female bears also give birth to their cubs during this period. I like to think there is a bear snoring away in his cozy den when I pass these trees while on my winter hikes. Another place they like to den is in rhododendron thickets and large crevices in rock formations. So, have fun looking for perfect bear dens while on your hikes. I think you will find some great neighborhoods out there.