Magazine article USA TODAY

Black Bear, Black Bear What Do You See?

Magazine article USA TODAY

Black Bear, Black Bear What Do You See?

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Discovering Black Bears is a recently published book that explores the natural history of the American black bear, as well as its behavior and habitat. Some interesting facts include:

* Bears weigh about half a pound at birth. When there is enough food, they can put on as much as 150 pounds by their first fall.

* Bears quickly can spot an ant in the grass. They have sharp eyes and see in color.

* Most black bears are black--but they can be brown, cinnamon, blue-gray, or even white.

* A bear's tongue can reach six inches out of its mouth--great for scooping bugs out of rotting logs.

* Bears mainly are vegetarian. They sometimes eat meat, but like plants more.

* You can tell how old a tree was by counting rings on a stump. A bear's age is revealed by looking at a cross section of its tooth.

* Bears can smell something three miles away. …

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