[BEARS: Imagination and Reality.  At the San Diego Natural History Museum from October 21, 2000 through January 2, 2001.]

Teacher's Guide: Bear Vocabulary

aggressive bear a bear that tends to fight
behavior actions and reactions that a bear makes in response to its environment
carnivorous eating only animals
claw a sharp, usually slender curved nail on the toe of an animal
constellation a group of stars that seem to form a pattern in the sky. Constellations have been named after animals, gods and goddesses, and objects.
dominant bear a bear that usually is the largest bear; it asserts rights to food sources, mates, etc.
downwind the direction the wind is blowing to. If the wind is blowing from the bear to you, you are downwind of the bear.
encounter a meeting between a bear and a person
habitat a place where a bear lives which meets its basic needs
herbivorous eating only plants
mammals animals that are born alive, nurse from their mother, and have hair
omnivorous eating both animals and plants
pad the cushion part of the foot near the toes
paw the foot of an animal
plantigrade walking flat on the foot with the heel, sole, and pad touching the ground
posture a body position indicating a mood
print an impression, usually made by a foot (see bear tracks)
sole the area of the foot between the pad and the heel
submissive bear a bear that yields to more dominant bears, avoids eye contact, and threatening behaviors
scat feces left by a bear (see bear sign)
track a trail of bear paw prints (see bear tracks)
upwind the direction the wind in blowing from. If the wind is blowing from you to the bear, you are upwind of the bear.
winter lethargy to pass the winter in a dormant or sleeping state, like a bear


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bear drawing

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