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Old 05-12-2011, 08:04 PM   #1
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Default Study of Black Bears Finds It’s Not the Mamas That Should Be Feared the Most

"...by a new study that found that black bears — the most common bears in North America — have killed only 63 people in the United States and Canada over the last 109 years."

"The study also found, contrary to popular perception, that the black bears most likely to kill are not mothers protecting cubs. Most attacks, 88 percent, involved a bear on the prowl, likely hunting for food. And most of those predators, 92 percent, were male."

"“Mother bears, whenever they feel threatened or a person is too close, they act very aggressively,” said Stephen Herrero, the study’s lead author. “They make noise, they swat the ground with their paws and they run at people. They want to make you think that they’ll eat you alive, but they almost always stop.”"

"By contrast, “the kind of bear you need to be afraid of is not feeling threatened by you — it’s testing you out as a possible prey item,” said Dr. Herrero, a professor emeritus at the University of Calgary. “It’s quiet. It stalks you just like a lion might stalk you.”"

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/11/sc...=1&ref=science
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