Bears

In this category, you will get more than just the bare facts about bears. Mammals of the family Ursidae, there are 7 genera and 8 species spread over North America, northern South America, Europe, Asia, and parts of North Africa. Leave your picnic baskets at the gate and wander around this category for information about bears.

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Is a bear an herbivore or carnivore or omnivore?

Most bears are omnivores. The only bear that is considered carnivorous is the polar bear, and on the other side of the scale, the Giant Panda is herbivorous with a restricted diet of bamboo. All other bears are omnivorous, and may be more herbivorous than carnivorous depending on what food is made available to them.

Grizzly bears are more herbivorous than black bears, and will often graze grass during the summer and feast on berries in late summer. They will catch and eat fish during the spring runs, and try to run down and catch a young elk, bison or deer (or unwary adult) to eat. Bears have also been known to raid farmer's grain and feed bins for food, and tear into garbage bins for tasty morsels people have tossed away. These bears will eat almost anything they can get their paws on, depending on what's available and what their noses can sniff out and what they can catch or get into. People have even disappeared in the wild without ever returning and much speculation of these disappearances are due to bear attacks and bears eating humans.

Black bears are no different from grizzlies, except they tend to like to try to eat a little more meat from a variety of animals from mice to deer, and will also graze grass and eat berries and raid a farmer's storage bins, a town's garbage bins, someone's birdfeeders, or even sneak into someone's house to see what's available to eat. Just like with grizzlies, they will eat anything given the opportunity and availability. It's not uncommon for a black bear to make a meal out of a beloved pet like a small dog or cat.

Their carnivorous reputation non-withstanding, most bears have adopted a diet of more plant than animal matter and are completely opportunistic omnivores. Some bears will climb trees in order to obtain mast (edible vegatative or reproductive parts such as acorns); smaller species which are more able to climb include a greater amount of this in their diet.

One exception is the polar bear, which has adopted a diet mainly of marine mammals to survive in the Arctic.

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Does menstruation attract bears?

Yes the menstruation does attract bears

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Why do bears exist?

Bears are a keystone species: They thin out the herds of deer, elk, or caribou as well as spread undigested seeds (and fertilizer) far and wide.

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Can bears get diabetes?

Any animal with pancreatic damage can get diabetes. The pancreas develops natural insulin to help convert fat and sugar in the body and blood (respectively) properly. If the pancreas fails, a boosting drug may be needed. If it fails completely, artificial insulin is required.

I hope this bear you speak of is tame. I can't see it agreeing to taking insulin by any means voluntarily. Unless you can shoot it with an insulin dart...

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Is a bear a carnivore?

No, they are omnivores, except for the Giant Panda (which is a modified obligate herbivore) and the Polar Bear (which is an obligate carnivore). However, the black bear is considered a "hypocarnivore" because its diet constitutes 30% meat and the rest of fruits, fungi and other vegetation.

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Are bears immune to bee stings?

No, but bears are covered in such thick fur it is rare for them to get stung other than on their face, where the fur is thin.

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Does a bear run slower up hill?

This is a common misconception, but the statement is utterly false. A bear's legs have a certain biological mechanism that allows them to counteract the force imposed by the acceleration of gravity, which of course is 9.8 meters per second squared. This evolutionary byproduct allows Ursa americanis, the scientific name for the American Black Bear, to accelerate uphill without the resistance of applied effort (which is imposed by the motion of going downhill). This is a unique feature that is exclusive to the Ursa genus and the evolutionary line prior to the modern-day bear.

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How smart is the average bear?

They are smart enough to know where food is, and how to get at that food that they smell.

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How strong is a bear's bite?

An adult Grizzly bear's bite strength can be up to 1200 pounds per square inch.

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Was charlie vandergaw killed by a bear?

No.

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Can different types of bears interbreed?

no because all bears are almost the same except if there different color

Some can. For example, there are known cases of polar/brown bear hybrids. These two are closely related species.

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Do bears talk?

No. They make growling, rumbling and bawling noses, and also use a lot of body language to get their point across to other bears and animals.

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What is the correct spelling for a bear sound?

A bear "roars."

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What are black and white bears from China called?

pandas

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What do bear feet look like?

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What is the most vicious type of bear?

Kodak

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How fast can a bear climb a tree?

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Which is larger the brown bear or polar bear?

Pilot

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Where to sell bear skin rugs?

You can sell them at a store like bass pro shops and they would probably take them.

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What is a young bear called?

cub

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Are there bears in the Black Hills?

No.

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What is the the feminine gender of bear?

Bore

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Do bears eat groundhogs?

Yes. Bears eat all kinds of rodent species.

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Do bears live on every continent?

No, there are no bears in Antarctica, Australia or Africa.

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What is a female bear called?

A female bear is called a sow.
A sow.
It is a sow
Sow
A female bear is a 'sow'
A sow

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