black bear

noun

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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The Louisiana black bear qualified as endangered in recent years, only coming off the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's list in 2016, Baton Rouge's The Advocate noted. Joshua Hafner, ajc, "Hunter fined $10,000 for killing black bear in Louisiana," 12 July 2018 The black bear who scattered shoppers at the StoneCrest shopping center near Ballantyne on Monday night became the latest in a string of sightings in the Charlotte area in recent weeks. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "A bear spooked shoppers in Charlotte. It's the latest in a string of sightings.," 27 June 2018 The black bear stepped in a trap and, dragging it, limped to its hiding place, Lt. Mikaela Porter, courant.com, "Injured Bear Found Under West Hartford Shed Tranquilized, Released," 7 May 2018 In May 2017, a black bear in Bradbury, California, got into a residential backyard pool and was spotted enjoying a few minutes of a refreshing swim. Mariah Haas, PEOPLE.com, "Hungry Bear Breaks Into a Calif. House and Treats Himself to Some Snacks," 4 May 2018 The black bear is the only species of bear that lives in the state. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "The bears are back in Bedford, N.H. Be on the lookout," 19 Apr. 2018 The conversation earlier had been about black bears and bobcats, but this was something else: a persimmon tree loaded with fruit. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Introducing Blackberry Mountain, the Idyllic New Resort from Blackberry Farm," 11 Feb. 2019 Recent incidents include a black bear taking over the Juneau arboretum and another bruin that shut down a fish-cleaning facility. Fox News, "Alaska's human-bear conflicts are on the rise, experts say," 26 Sep. 2018 In Grafton, New Hampshire, black bears have started killing domestic animals, invading personal space, even smacking one woman, creating a psychic and territorial battle between residents and the otherwise shy Ursus americanus. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Small-Town New Hampshire’s Battle with Bears and Liberty," 5 June 2018

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1589, in the meaning defined above

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black bear

noun

English Language Learners Definition of black bear

: a North American bear that usually has black fur

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