Bear Small Journal
The following description appears on the inside cover of your small journal.
The black bear has one of the most extensive ranges of any big animal on the North American continent. Many subspecies exist; color phases alone suggest numerous gene pools, varying from totally black to pure white. Their habitat in the East is primarily forests and swamps; in the West, forests and wooded mountains.
This uniquely American bear is primarily nocturnal, but may also be seen during the day. They are generally solitary, except during the breeding season. A litter of 1-5 cubs are born in January-February, usually every other year.
Although bears are classified as carnivores, most of their diet consists of vegetation, including twigs, buds, leaves, nuts, roots, various fruits, berries and newly sprouted plants. In spring they may peel off tree bark to get at the inner cambium. Bears tear apart rotting logs for insects. Small to medium-sized mammals are also eaten. A powerful swimmer, they also readily catch fish. A bear’s walk is clumsy, but it can attain speeds of over 30 mph. They climb trees readily, either for protection or food.
The bear is a powerful symbol among Native Americans, appearing throughout mythology and legends. They teach us to awaken the power of the unconscious.
artwork by Irene Brady
text by Steve Sierigk