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Facts: Dances With Bears

A grizzly bear at the Cherokee Bear Zoo accepts food being thrown to them from above.

A grizzly bear at the Cherokee Bear Zoo accepts food being thrown to them from above. (View larger version)

Photograph by Bienstock Young Media/ Patrick Bond

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  • Groups of humans in parties of two or more are less likely to be fatally attacked by a black bear.

  • A large male brown bear can stand over 8 feet tall on his hind legs.

  • Black bear attack rates are rising with human population growth in North America.

  • The strength of a grizzly bear has been measured as 2.5 to 5 times as strong as that of a human.

  • Bears have been known to run over 30 miles per hour.

  • Since 2000, there have been over 20 estimated incidents in which privately owned bears have escaped or been found released from their enclosures.

  • A tiger's confrontational roar contains energy in the infrasonic range which is below levels of human hearing.

  • The saber tooth tiger went extinct over 12,000 years ago.

  • According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, there are nine subspecies of leopards.

  • A tiger's claws can range from 3 to almost 4 inches in length.

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