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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Recent Examples on the Web Several Trussville residents reported seeing a black bear wandering through their neighborhood this week. al, "Bear sighted in Trussville," 4 Dec. 2020 But our black bear hunt quickly turned into a grizzly hunt, as grizzlies had moved onto the baits and run off the smaller bears. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Killing a Grizzly the Old-Fashioned Way: With a Longbow and a Stone-Point Arrowhead," 17 Nov. 2020 According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the state is home to only one species of bear — the black bear. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "California man tackles and punches massive bear that attacked his dog," 4 Dec. 2020 In 2011, a black bear was sighted in Roebuck near Roebuck Springs, on the Roebuck Golf Course. al, "Bear sighted in Trussville," 4 Dec. 2020 The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will no longer offer black bear hunting permits to timberland owners intent on protecting trees from the animals, a federal court has ruled. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Washington state court rules against black bear hunting permits," 2 Nov. 2020 The animal weighed 880 pounds and still stands as the heaviest black bear ever taken in North America. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Hunting Black Bears with Hounds in the Famed Bruin Swamps of North Carolina," 7 Oct. 2020 Asiatic black bears — closely related to the American black bear — live in mountains and forests from Japan to China and across the Himalayas to India. Simon Denyer And, Washington Post, "Hungry bears with a taste for grapes and chestnuts are causing havoc in Japan," 30 Oct. 2020 An Environment Ministry study estimated Japan’s black bear population at between 12,300 and 19,100 in 2011, but numbers may have risen since then — at least until the latest spate of killings. Simon Denyer And, Washington Post, "Hungry bears with a taste for grapes and chestnuts are causing havoc in Japan," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of black bear

1589, in the meaning defined above

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“Black bear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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: a North American bear that usually has black fur

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