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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Kimberly’s mother heard screaming and went outside to investigate, finding a large black bear dragging the little girl, CPW said. Lindsay Kimble,, "5-Year-Old Colorado Girl Recovering After Being Attacked by Bear in Her Own Backyard," 15 May 2018 The girl's mom then heard screaming and went outside to find a large black bear dragging her daughter. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Bear still on the prowl after attack in Colorado leaves girl with more than 70 stitches," 14 May 2018 Her mother heard something and went out to investigate, finding a big black bear dragging her daughter away, KCNC reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Bear attacks 5-year-old girl in Colorado," 14 May 2018 In 2018, a white tiger named Soohorang serves as the Olympics mascot and an Asiatic black bear named Bandabi represents PyeongChang at the Paralympic Games. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 Winter Olympics," 18 Jan. 2018 The Tokyo 2020 mascots will take the torch from their cuddly Pyeongchang counterparts Soohorang, a white tiger, and Bandabi, a black bear. Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County education honors," 19 Mar. 2018 In addition to deer, the land is home to other mammals such as elk, black bear, wolves, coyotes and bobcat. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DNR adds more land for fishing, hunting and other public uses in $7.2 million deal," 23 May 2018 Beechnuts are relished by wild turkeys, wood ducks, woodpeckers, black bears and deer, and their tree cavities provide nesting sites for owls and woodland mammals. James F. Mccarty,, "Newly discovered microscopic worm species eyed as potential cause of beech leaf disease," 3 May 2018 Stars of the park include the big cats (bobcats, lynx, and cougar), roly-poly black bears, and moose that munch all manner of browse, unperturbed by squealing youngsters. Patricia Harris And David Lyon,, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018

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1589, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black bear was in 1589

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English Language Learners Definition of black bear

: a North American bear that usually has black fur

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