Wound healing during hibernation by black bears (Ursus americanus) in the wild: elicitation of reduced scar formation.

  title={Wound healing during hibernation by black bears (Ursus americanus) in the wild: elicitation of reduced scar formation.},
  author={Paul Anthony Iaizzo and Timothy G. Laske and Henry J. Harlow and Carolyn B. McClay and David L. Garshelis},
  journal={Integrative zoology},
  volume={7 1},
Even mildly hypothermic body or limb temperatures can retard healing processes in mammals. Despite this, we observed that hibernating American black bears (Ursus americanus Pallas, 1780) elicit profound abilities in mounting inflammatory responses to infection and/or foreign bodies. In addition, they resolve injuries during hibernation while maintaining mildly hypothermic states (30-35 °C) and without eating, drinking, urinating or defecating. We describe experimental studies on free-ranging… 

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