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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...

Black Bear Closeup

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...

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

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

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.

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.

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??

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??

Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at https://www.etsy.com/listing/170874868/8x10-california-black-bear-gift-bear

Black Bear Wall Art Bear Button Art American Black Bear Wall Hanging Cabin Decorations Buttons and Swarovski Rhinestones Bear Button Bear

Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at https://www.etsy.com/listing/170874868/8x10-california-black-bear-gift-bear

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

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

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

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

many of these images are part of our Free Wallpaper and Free Screensavers

many of these images are part of our Free Wallpaper and Free Screensavers

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

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

AMERICAN BLACK BEAR...found in wooded areas of North America and Mexico...averages 5 - 6 feet long...weighs 250 - 550 pounds...the world's most common bear species...come in many colors (black, brown, gray, silvery-blue, cream)...850,000 - 950,000 exist in the wild...several of the 16 subspecies are endangered including: Kermode Spirit(<1,200 with 200 cream), Mexican black, Louisiana "Teddy" bear (500-750), Florida (3,000)

AMERICAN BLACK BEAR...found in wooded areas of North America and Mexico...averages 5 - 6 feet long...weighs 250 - 550 pounds...the world's most common bear species...come in many colors (black, brown, gray, silvery-blue, cream)...850,000 - 950,000 exist in the wild...several of the 16 subspecies are endangered including: Kermode Spirit(<1,200 with 200 cream), Mexican black, Louisiana "Teddy" bear (500-750), Florida (3,000)