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Once upon a time Teddy Roosevelt's pet bear cub was used as a model for the world famous (and now indispensable) comfort toy...the teddy bear. Need we say real bears have nothing in common with teddy bears? Brown bears, which include grizzlies and Kodiaks (if there are any left), can weigh half a ton and stand 9 feet tall. Black bears (which are often reddish brown) are smaller, and despite periods of heavy hunting, still well distributed over their original range. They are excellent climbers in spite of their size and can easily climb a distribution pole.

Bears have excellent hearing and a keen sense of smell, but very poor eyesight. Like other large animals with poor eyesight, bears can be very unpredictable and very dangerous. Since bears won't breed when food is scarce, in lean times bears will eat almost anything, including garbage. Bears attracted to garbage dumps will often associate the scent of humans with food, sometimes with tragic results.

Bears will use conveniently placed poles as back scratchers and claw sharpeners. It doesn't take long before a bear can cause serious damage to a pole. Bears and utility poles are meeting more often now as we expand into previously unpopulated areas.

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