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Photo: Out of hibernation

Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010

This young black bear was observed on the side hill of Mt. Juneau Sunday morning. After being scared away from a home he fed on greens along the steep slopes. He was very inquisitive to human presence. Numerous times he made advances forcontact, turned and ran to a tree, placed one paw on the trunk and hunched down as if to start to climb, but instead looked over his shoulder and then advanced for contact again, swinging his head from side to side. At one point he made a "huffing" sound and display. According to the ADF&G website, black bears are the most widely distributed of the three species of North American bears. They mate from June through July and are usually solitary beyond that, except sows with cubs.

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