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 Jolley said the brown-colored black bear was placed in a trap in the bed of a pickup truck and driven to the Wasatch Mountains, where it was released. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Utah police use sirens to drive bear up tree for relocation," 18 Sep. 2019 The six bears killed this summer include two brown bears shot by state agencies and four black bears killed by private citizens. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Far fewer bears were killed by humans in Anchorage in 2019 — but city isn’t out of the woods yet," 24 Oct. 2019 The two black bears are gently splashing as the video begins. Tiffini Theisen,, "Bears in the water: Florida fisherman captures video of pair playfully swimming," 4 Oct. 2019 After a black bear injured a hiker in Southbury on Saturday, the state is reminding hikers and others to take precautions around bears. Don Stacom,, "Bear injures hiker in Southbury," 29 Sep. 2019 Montana Billings: Wildlife managers have killed a black bear that had been running around residential areas on the south side of Billings. USA TODAY, "Rare elephant calf, two-headed rattlesnake, another quake off Oregon: News from around our 50 states," 6 Sep. 2019 In the spring of 1950, firefighters rescued a scared black bear cub from Lincoln National Forest while battling a blaze at New Mexico’s Capitan mountains. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "How a World War II Attack Helped Spark the Creation of Smokey Bear," 9 Aug. 2019 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for the 2019 black bear hunt lottery. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Black bear hunting lottery applications being accepted by DNR," 16 July 2019 While rare, black bear sightings have increased throughout the state. Leada Gore |,, "Black bear removed from North Alabama yard," 3 July 2019

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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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6 Dec 2019

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“Black bear.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of black bear

: a North American bear that usually has black fur

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