black bear


Definition of black bear 

: the common North American bear (Ursus americanus) ranging in color from brown or typical black to white

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Over her right shoulder, a black bear’s standing on its hind legs, and design legend Simon Doonan is rocking mod white sunglasses while playing cornhole. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Amy Poehler Is 'Making It' Up As She Goes Along," 31 July 2018 To report black bear sightings, go to or call 860-424-3011, Collibee said. Christine Dempsey,, "Bold Burglar – A Bear — Binges On Barkhamsted House’s Food," 29 June 2018 Bearizona, a wildlife park in Williams, on Sunday adopted the two unnamed black bear cubs. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "After mama black bear is killed, orphaned cubs taken to Bearizona," 30 May 2018 Residents of the Western Massachusetts town of Southampton were in the midst of their Memorial Day ceremonies Monday morning when a large black bear wandered through town. Elise Takahama,, "Bear crashes Western Mass. town’s Memorial Day ceremony," 29 May 2018 Corwin watched as a black bear ran from behind a lonely Subaru. Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, "Bear killed after it smashes SUV window and climbs inside at Anchorage trailhead," 6 July 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 2:55 How a longtime Idaho bear hunter became the prey Advertisement Boise County hunter Marvin Jennings suffered severe wounds from a black bear that attacked him after being shot by Jennings’ uncle on May 28. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "A polar bear started to 'stalk' his children. He died after telling the kids to run for it.," 5 July 2018 On Sunday, the body of a black bear was found in the Current River, south of Van Buren, according to the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Car crashes into bear on highway. The animal had to be euthanized, Missouri cops say," 13 June 2018 Sixty-nine years old, just under 6 feet tall and with a substantial belly, Milton moved with the slow, powerful precision of a black bear: one foot in front of the other, head bowed, one hand on the railing to steady him. Porter Fox, WSJ, "A Seafood Hater Chases Fish in Maine," 6 June 2018

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1589, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of black bear

: a North American bear that usually has black fur

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