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ANIMAL INVESTIGATORS, How the World's First Wildlife Forensics Lab Is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species
By Laurel A. Neme, PhD

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Bears: Did You Know...
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Fun Facts About Bears

Here you'll find a variety of fun and interesting facts about rare and endangered animals. We hope you enjoy learning about them and sharing it with your friends. It is through awareness and education that each of us can make a difference. Please visit my Take Action! page for information on what you can do to help wildlife.



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Black Bears: Despite being built for strength instead of speed, black bears can run up to 35 miles per hour.
 
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Indigenous cultures often respect bears both for their strength and physical power and also for their sacred power. In many cultures, the bear is a powerful animal spirit, and angering it could be dangerous.
 
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Bears are built for strength, not speed.  They have massive shoulders, short back and feet bones (called metapodials), and thick muscles that run the entire length of its legs instead of tapering toward the foot, as would happen with a faster animal like a lion.
 
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Black Bears: Black bears are good tree climbers and strong swimmers.
 
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For many people, bears possess remarkable powers.  They believe bears can not only change shape (as reflected in myths) but also that they could come back to life (with hibernation perhaps symbolizing the ability to resurrection itself).
 
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Bears mark trees (called “bear trees”) along their travel routes by clawing and biting the bark.
 
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