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black bear

1. American black bear a bear, Euarctos (or Ursus) americanus, inhabiting forests of North America. It is smaller and less ferocious than the brown bear
2. Asiatic black bear a bear, Selenarctos thibetanus, of central and E Asia, whose coat is black with a pale V-shaped mark on the chest
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The level of SSD exhibited in American black bears in eastern North America (77.3% of characters examined, between 6.6 and 17.0%) was similar to that reported for U.
Are American Black Bears (Ursus americanus) legitimate seed dispersers for fleshy-fruited shrubs?
Throughout North America, American black bear populations have been reduced from past historical records (Dickson, 2001; Pelton, 2001).
Specimens of the American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) and American black bear (Ursus americanus) have been obtained in Webb County, Texas.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Several American black bears, captured by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game after wandering a bit too close to human communities, have given researchers the opportunity to study hibernation in these large mammals like never before.
The Bear Family and Me (BBC2, 9pm) Gordon Buchanan, travels to Northern Minnesota to make friends with some American black bears. Black bears have a fearsome reputation, but Buchanan tags along with expert and bear biologist Lynn Rogers, who chats amiably to female bear, Lily while feeding her grapes and treating her as a best pal.
on North American black bears by Benjamin Kilham, author of "Among the Bears"; admission $10.
"The only bears we might see are American black bears," he said.
Remarkably adaptable, American black bears live in habitats as diverse as the rain forests of the Northwest and bayous of Louisiana.
TWO American black bears have been saved after spending 17 years in captivity in Zambia.
ACT, for its part, hopes to revive a recently extinct Spanish mountain goat within the year, then launch a panda cloning effort using North American black bears as the surrogate species.
Now rangers estimate that poachers kill about 3,000 American black bears each year.

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