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Black bears are a nearsighted bear, but have the ability to smell up to 8 miles.  Black bears are basically vegetarians, but do eat some small rodents and fish.  When black bear cubs are born they weigh only about 6 to 8 ounces and are only the size of a stick of butter.  Our resident black bears are Boomer born in 1994, Buddy born in 1998, and Sugar Bear born in 1999.  Buddy and Sugar Bear have been at the zoo since they were 8 weeks old.  Boomer came to us after his facility in Alton, IL, closed.  He has lived with us since he was a year and a half old.

 


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