Poster of the 8 bear species: Top L to R panda, sun bear, sloth bear, Andean or speckled bear,N American black bear, brown bear, polar. Asiatic or moon bear. Note: A Koala is not a bear.

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Nothing like a close bear encounter to make you rethink what you're packing and how your camp is set up, and how you travel in the woods. Admittedly I had a quick cry from the stress of being huffed at close range, back at camp...

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American Black Bear, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada; photo by Brandon Smith

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Family Ursidae (Bears) - plate 27 from "The Handbook of Mammals of the World"

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Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at

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a black bear. we saw one of these when we went camping in Shenandoah. It was really cool!!!!

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North American black bears are known to communicate using a keen sense of smell, body and facial expressions, sound and touch. Wounder what he is thinking??

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