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Black Bear

Ursus americanus

Habitat: Primarily forests, but will forage in clearings, or next to roads.

Description: Long, shaggy coat that ranges from black to brown or honey colored. Short body, large wide feet. Head is large, with a straight profile. Small round ears.

Size: 1.3-1.9m long, 91-107cm tall, weighing 40-270kg

Diet: Leaves, buds, flowers, berries, fruits, roots, insects, bees, honey or even some small hoofed mammals. They are great opportunist eaters and will eat anything that smells tasty to them.

Fun Facts: Bears like to be cozy in their dens when they hibernate. They will often carry in some straw or grass to sleep on in their den during the winter. Some scientists are studying how bears hibernate so they can use it in human space travel.

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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Posted by Katherine Thielmann
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European Skipper
Thymelicus lineola

Habitat: The European Skipper can be found on the wing in June and July.  Becoming an invasive species of butterfly, it can be found in the grasslands of central Alberta spreading about 25 km every year.

Description: The European Skipper can be recognized by its bright orange wings marked by dark wing veins.  The edge of the wings are bordered with black.  The aptly named...

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