Robert E. Bieder
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Bear draws on cultural material from around the world to examine the various legends and myths surrounding the bear, including ceremonies and taboos that govern the hunting, killing, and eating of bears. The book also looks at the role of bears in modern culture as the subjects of stories, songs, and films; as exhibited objects in circuses and zoos; and, perhaps most famously, as toys. Bieder also considers the precarious future of the bear as it is threatened by loss of habitat, poaching, global warming, and disease and discusses the impact of human behavior on bears and their environments.
Accompanied by numerous vibrant photographs and illustrations, and written in an engaging fashion, Bear is an appealing and informative volume for anyone who has curled up with Winnie-the-Pooh or marveled at this powerful king of the forest.
rolled a huge stone before the cave door. The bears’ manner of copulation, according to Topsell, was similar to that of humans, whereby the female lay upon her back and the male mounted her, his stomach against hers. In Topsell’s time and even earlier, this seemed to be the most remarkable feature about bears and the one that most set them apart from other animals. Topsell even noted that bears copulate for a long time and if they are both fat, ‘they disjoin not themselves again till they are
dealers in Singapore say that government agents will never learn enough about the illicit trade to achieve anything effective ‘because everyone involved knows everyone else, and a law enforcement officer would be obvious to them’.18 Those who carry out the trade are well versed in the law and know how to get round the restrictions. In Cambodia, even though it is not a party to the CITES convention, there are laws regulating the trade in bears and bear parts but there are so many loopholes that it
48 dawn bear (Ursavus elemensis) 9, 10, 11, 14 Etruscan bear (Ursus etruscus) 12, 13, 16 Florida cave bear (Tremarctos floridanus) 16, 17 Indarctos 11 Protursus simpsoni 11 short-faced bear (Arctodus simus) 17, 32 Ursus deningeri 12, 13 Ursus minimus 11 Ursus savini 12 Faulkner, William 118, 120 Feazel, Charles T. 42, 94, 95 fetish 86, 89, 89 films 120–21 Finland 9, 16, 51, 74, 77, 139, 167 Finnish bear-head club 52 Finnish-Finns 15, 51, 55, 74, 76, 77, 78, 89 Finnish Historical
America 19, 25, 37, 38, 101, 137, 147, 159 South Korea 155, 157 Spain 14, 16, 40, 74 Species Survival Plan 158 Steiff, Margarete 126 stone bear effigy 69 Saint-Hilaire, G. 37 Sweden 76 Switzerland 14, 48, 112 Bern 112 Drachenloch cave 48 St Gall 112 Taiwan 32, 153, 156, 157 Wildlife Conservation Law 156 Thailand 27, 32, 153, 156, 157 Three Bears, The 71, 72, 123 Tolstoy, Leo 71, 121 Topsell, Edward 82, 83, 155 toxic wastes 142, 143, 145, 146 Tremarctinae 17 United States 17,
about 100 feet deep and only half its original length, the front half having long ago collapsed down the mountain. Our search along the walls of the cave, where bone fragments or molars would most probably be found, proved unsuccessful. A human form gives a sense of the scale of the Istállósko cave, Hungary, formerly a place of hibernation for the now-extinct cave bear. The cave bear, now extinct, disappeared only about 15,000 years ago, but did the hills I looked out on from the mouth of