I remember growing up with a show called ‘Wild America’. My favorite episode was one where Marty Stouffer raised an orphaned grizzly bear cub. I didn’t realize it was a movie either because I was entranced by it as a kid. While tigers and wolves remained my favorite, I still had an interest in bears. I always love seeing them at zoos and would hope to see one if I was going through a wooded area. Never got a chance even when I visited family near Bear Mountain, which was aptly named. Maybe one day even though I hope it’s from a far distance.
Not sure about the endangered categories though. Most bears are listed as either ‘least concern’ or ‘vulnerable’. Polar bears are in the latter category even though I swear they’re supposed to be endangered. Some sites had pandas as vulnerable and others as endangered. The sun bear is in the same position. I wonder if it depends on if you’re counting animals in captivity or not. Either way, these animals are in danger due to:
- Habitat loss
- Low birth rate for some species
- Taken for the exotic pet trade
Here’s a site with more bear information. Let’s get to the species: (All pictures found with Yahoo Images search.)
POPULATION: 1,800 (How is that not endangered? They’ll be getting a solo post in April because I might get to see some during Spring Break.)
POPULATION: Less than 1,000 . . . How is that not endangered?
Now for the fun videos.