Bachleda, F. Lynne
November 2001
Dangerous Wildlife in the Southeast;2001, p247
This article provides information on bears. Along with dogs, to whom they are anciently related, bears are mostly carnivorous. This means they have sharp, long canine teeth for puncturing and ripping flesh, as well as molars to slice, shred and grind. In order to sustain their weights they must consume great quantities of food, especially prior to the winter hibernation, when they do not eat, urinate or defecate. A bear who begins hibernation when it is seriously underweight is likely to die during the winter. This deep need for tremendous quantities of food puts the bear on collision course with people, many of whom act thoughtlessly.


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