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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Examples of black bear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anyone who observes a black bear in Connecticut is encouraged to report the sighting at or send an email to Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 13 May 2022 Featuring a broad cast, the thriller is inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner’s plane crash, missing cocaine and the burly black bear that ate it. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2022 Nearly a century after the California grizzly was hunted to extinction, its less aggressive cousin, the black bear, is being killed in record numbers on California highways, experts say. Los Angeles Times, 16 Jan. 2022 The owner had once shot a black bear, legally, from a side door. The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 Anyone who observes a black bear in Connecticut is encouraged to report the sighting at, or send an email to Jesse Leavenworth,, 25 Mar. 2022 California's black bear population has increased dramatically over the past four decades. CBS News, 17 Mar. 2022 Since last summer, the unusually large bear has been moving through the Lake Tahoe area in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, a region home to 40 percent of the state’s black bear population. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Feb. 2022 The black bear population in Virginia has made a comeback, experts said. Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of black bear

1589, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black bear was in 1589

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22 May 2022

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“Black bear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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