Background Info

In California's Lake Tahoe, Wild Chronicles follows a brave volunteer who is on a mission—to save the lives of wayward black bears. With their habitats invaded by humans, black bears have developed a taste for fast food and the comforts of new construction. These house guests, however, have worn out their welcome. See the scare tactics that are saving bears from a death sentence.

Questions

1. 

What foods to black bears typically eat in the wild?

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Black bears typically eat berries, nuts, grasses, and small animals such as insects.

2. 

Kate, the bear specialist, says "if a bear wants something, he can usually eventually figure out how to get it." What makes bears so hard to manage?

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"Bears are not only smart," says Kate, "but they're persistent, they're very hungry, and they're incredibly strong."

3. 

How many black bears live in North America?

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About 750,000 black bears live in the United States, Canada, and northern Mexico.

4. 

Does relocating "nuisance bears" stop their interaction with humans?

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No. Once bears get a taste of human food, they keep coming back for more.

5. 

What do Ann and her colleagues at the Bear League use to scare bears away from human settlement?

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Ann's toolkit includes explosives (such as blanks) and smoke bombs (such as pepper spray). Bear League volunteers also make loud noises at the retreating bear.

For Further Exploration

Vocabulary

Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry

black bear

Noun

large animal (mammal) native to North America.

habitat

Noun

environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.

Encyclopedic Entry: habitat

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Caryl-Sue, National Geographic Society

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Jason Wasser

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