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={P. Iaizzo and T. Laske and H. Harlow and C. McClay and D. Garshelis},
  journal={Integrative zoology},
  volume={7 1},
  • P. Iaizzo, T. Laske, +2 authors D. Garshelis
  • Published 2012
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Integrative zoology
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
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