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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Black Bears In Da Hood

posted by on October 2 at 10:01 AM

Trapped in a culture of poverty:

Black bears that live around urban areas weigh more, get pregnant at a younger age, and are more likely to die violent deaths, according to a study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

…[B]ears in urbanized areas weighed an average of 30 percent more than bears in wild areas due to a diet heavily supplemented by garbage.

…[T]hey are giving birth at an earlier age on average when they are between 4-5 years old, as compared to 7-8 years for bears in wild areas. Some urban bears even reproduced as early as 2-3 years of age around Lake Tahoe.

…Urban bears also tend to die much younger due mostly to collisions with vehicles.

Fast cars, fast food, fast sex? The urban black bear is just another statistic.

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Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 2, 2008 10:02 AM


Posted by Mikki | October 2, 2008 10:02 AM

Wow. A funny post from Charles. I was having a good day today already. And now, actual humor from Charles.

More, please.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 2, 2008 10:05 AM
Black bears that live around urban areas...

Oh, playing the race card are we?

Posted by Mahtli69 | October 2, 2008 10:13 AM

That's great - next time I see one in my yard I'll screech, "LE'SHAWN! Get yo ass outta dat trash can!" and watch him slink off, droopy drawers around his ankles...

Posted by Throwin' signs | October 2, 2008 10:15 AM

beautiful and sad.

Posted by yelahneb | October 2, 2008 10:16 AM

Clearly, these bears need the healing power of JAYZUS in their lives - that, and a good, old-fashioned abstinence-only sex ed course...

Posted by COMTE | October 2, 2008 10:37 AM
Posted by elenchos | October 2, 2008 10:44 AM

Truly food for thought, and not garbage either.

Posted by inkweary | October 2, 2008 11:54 AM

Wow, I guess I'm the only one who doesn't have a great sense of humor when it comes to my friends and family being shot and killed. To all those who joke, when is the last time you went to a funeral for someone under 18 who was killed? It actually feels pretty shitty when the kid next door who I used to see riding his bike is dead. It feels so shitty that it is actually not funny. Maybe if I viewed Black people like myself as wild animals and not people I'd feel differently.

Posted by Papayas | October 2, 2008 9:48 PM

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