Black Bears

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In 1990 author, naturalist and photographer Dave Taylor set out to research and photograph black bears in North America - a quest that

took him from the high arctic to the swamps of Florida, and from the East Coast to the shores of the Pacific.

Of the three species native to this part of the world - the grizzly or brown bear, the polar bear, and the black bear - Taylor devotes this beautifully embellished ...

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Overview

In 1990 author, naturalist and photographer Dave Taylor set out to research and photograph black bears in North America - a quest that

took him from the high arctic to the swamps of Florida, and from the East Coast to the shores of the Pacific.

Of the three species native to this part of the world - the grizzly or brown bear, the polar bear, and the black bear - Taylor devotes this beautifully embellished volume exclusively to the black bear, the most numerous of North America's three bear species.

Lavishly illustrated throughout with more than 100 full-colour photographs, maps and charts, Black Bears introduces the reader to this shy, reclusive and largely misunderstood animal with an encyclopedic examination of the black bear's world by state, province and territory.

The diet, dens, mating habits, habitat, and hibernation are examined in Taylor's lively text, as is the bear's adaptation to the encroachment of civilization into its territory.

A special section of the book dealing with bears and people, offers valuable advice on camping in bear country, and what to do when encountering bears in the wilderness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550418491
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Taylor is the author/photographer of more than 50 books on wildlife and natural history. He is a retired teacher who has had a passion for black bears since the 1960s.

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Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgements


    Introduction

    Part I: The Evolution of the Black Bear

  2. The Evolution of Mammals
  3. The Carnivores
  4. Bears As Omnivores
  5. The Giant Short-faced Bear
  6. The Black Bear During and After the Ice Age
  7. The Subspecies of Black Bear

    Part II: The Black Bear's World

  8. Adaptations for Forest Life
  9. Black Bear Habitat
  10. Physical Characteristics
  11. What Is Black, Brown, White, Blue and Still Black Through and Through?
  12. Events Leading Up to Hibernation
  13. Dens
  14. Hibernation
  15. The Birth of Cubs
  16. Mother and Cubs
  17. Mating Habits
  18. Male Bears
  19. Black Bears as Herbivores
  20. Black Bears as Carnivores
  21. Scatology
  22. Sign Language
  23. The Black Bear's Neighbours
  24. The Growing Numbers of Bears
  25. Adapting to a Changing Habitat
  26. Black Bears as a Game Species

    Part III: Getting Along in Bear Country

  27. The Tolerant Bear
  28. Camping in Bear Country
  29. What To Do When You Meet a Black Bear
  30. Killer Bears
  31. Black Bear Viewing at Its Best
  32. The Black Bears of Waterton Lakes
  33. Two Winter Days in the Life of a Bear Researcher
  34. Summertime Research
  35. Bear With Us: A Labour of Love
  36. Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary
  37. Whistler's Bears
  38. Be Bear Smart

    Part IV: Black Bears by Region

  39. Eastern Canada: Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick,

    and Quebec

  40. Ontario
  41. Northern and Western Canada: Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut
  42. North America's Northwest: Yukon Territory, British Columbia, and Alaska
  43. TheNortheast U.S.: Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island
  44. The Southern U.S.: South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama
  45. The Central U.S.: Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota
  46. The U.S. Prairies: Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska
  47. The Northwest U.S.: Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado
  48. The Southwest U.S.: Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, and New Mexico

    Appendices


    Glossary


    Bibliography


    Index

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