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Ursus americanus, Yosemite

Ursus americanus, Yosemite
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon CP 8800, Nikkor 8.9-89mm 2.8
Exposure: f/6.6, 1/147 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-20 17:12
Viewed: 4521
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black bears (Ursus americanus) are likely the best succes stories of American conservancy, perhaps surprisingly enough to most of you thanks to hunting and harvest management funds.
Known also as baribal in other languages, the black bear, is actually not always black but can be also have other three varieties, rather shades known as chocolate (dark brown, including black shades), cinammon (light brown) and very rare blonde (a pale yellowish white, usually seen up north by the west coast, definatelly not albino, hence the ghost bear stories of NAtive Americans and early settlers).
Black bears are the smallest of all three american bears (grizzly - Ursus arctos and Ursus maritimus - polar bear).
The numbers of black bears have increased imenselly in past quarter century and have been spotted in states where they havent been seen for a century like the east coast. As a matter of fact they are so many that now the human attacks of black bears including killing of humans are bigger than grizzlies and polar bears together. That should tell you something.
As far as weight black bears are ussualy a third the weight of a brown bear or grizzly, nevertheless not to be underestimates, as yesterday I was fifteen feet away from a bear sow of decent size that split a rotten log in two with one paw, in search of sweet termites or caterpillars.
California bears are smaller framed than the ones north where they can reach even 800 lbs. comparable to a grizzly, but normally while in the south they have around 200 lbs. in the north they double the weighth.
They are the inspiration for Smoky the Bear, emblem of Forest Service and of course Yogi Bear, the cartoon character.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-20 21:51]

Hola Radu.- Some times we have to take some risk to have a decent photo (like this one) but most of the times it pays for itself. As far as I can see you were so close to this Bear. I like him in his Natural Enviroment. Luis52.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-21 2:54]

Hello Radu, here you are. : )
You look awfully close to that bear!!!
It looks like it spotted you too, and turned around just for you to get a good shot at his profile.
Great capture. TFS. ; )
Hope you are well.

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