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Fear of the Unknown

When it comes to bears, most people err on the side of caution.  Many people accept media exaggerations of bear danger and develop deeply ingrained fears, making no differentiation between black bears and grizzly bears, which are 26 times more likely to kill someone. 

Probably the only way people can get past their fear of black bears is by getting to know wild individuals.  However, many people who could meet wild black bears avoid them because they want nothing to do with animals they fear.

We hope the video exhibits showing here at the North American Bear Center reveal a bit of how wild black bears really live. 

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Do Bears Really Snarl?

Do bears really snarl like we see in taxidermy?

No.  Bears don't snarl like cats and dogs do.  Misleading, angry-looking images increase fear and cause unnecessary killing worldwide.  People will not coexist with animals they fear.