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bears fighting
A fierce battle.

Predators and Self-defence

Would it surprise you to know that an adult bear has almost no predators?  Bears are large and can be quite intimidating so they don’t have many enemies.  Their biggest enemies are humans and each other.  

It’s the cubs and the smaller females that have to watch out.  Other animals, including older male bears, will consider attacking a little cub if its mother is out of site.  Female bears are sometimes killed by larger male bears for food, which is why the female can be quite nervous during mating season.  

When defending themselves bears make themselves look bigger by fluffing up their fur and standing on their hind legs.  When angry they will growl, pound their paws on the ground and charge towards whatever is bothering them.  They may not attack…but they probably wouldn’t have to after a show like that.  Mother bears can be very protective of their cubs and will attack if it becomes necessary.

The main predator that all species of bears have to worry about is humans. In many parts of the world, bears are hunted for certain organs, such as their gall bladder, for use in traditional medicines.  Some are hunted for their beautiful fur and some are hunted for sport.


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