SPONSORED BY THE LAURA MOORE CUNNINGHAM FOUNDATION

Bears: Glossary

A

acute
sharp
Antarctic
near the south pole
apiarist
beekeeper
Arctic
near the north pole

B

bamboo
a tropical plant with hollow stems
biologist
a scientist who studies plants and animals

C

camouflage
a way to hide by coloring or shape
carnivore
meat eating animal
carrion
a dead animal
coexist
living together
competitor
something that competes or the enemy
confident
being sure of one's abilities

D

decline
get smaller
defense
protect oneself or offspring; babies
denning
to settle into their winter den
dense
thick
dexterous
skillful
dominance
power and influence over others

E

emerge
come out from somewhere like a cave
extracting
remove

F

ferocious
mean, scary,
forage
the act of searching for food

H

habitat
place where something lives
herbivore
an animal that eats plants
hibernate
to sleep through the winter

I

intelligent
smart

L

larvae
the young of an insect
livestock
animals raised for food, like cows or sheep
logged (logging)
the business of cutting trees for use in building

M

metabolize
to use by the body
myth
a story that is told for years, but may not be true

N

navigate
to direct movement
nocturnal
sleeps in the day and hunts at night
nurturing
bring up and train, raise
nutrition
the healthy parts of food

O

omnivore
an animal that eats plants and animals

P

population
all the inhabitants of a particular area
prehensile
a part of the body that can grasp such as a tail or hands

R

researcher
a person who studies something
respiration
breathe
retreat
leave
rodent
small mammal such as a mouse, rat or squirrel

T

territories
area of land marked off as owned or hunted on

U

ungulates
mammals with hooves
Ursus Americanus
scientific name for the American black bear

V

vocalization
a sound made by an animal

W

wildlife manager
a person who watches over the health and safety of wild animals and their habitat
PBS
Find Us on TV

© 2016 Idaho Public Televison

Idaho State Board of Education, an agency of the State of Idaho