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A special edition of the Phantom's Postcard Tour...


Speaking of Bears!

Here's a collection of bear postcards -- some of the Phantom's personal favorites.


Save a bear if at all possible...

Black Bear

Grizzly Bears
The North American Grizzly Bear -- an endangered species that is beginning to recover.
Some states, like Montana for example, have
begun to have "bear problems". They might begin hunting them soon. 

Do not feed the bears
The back of this postcard says: "The black bear is the largest mammal found in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Individual bears may be brown, cinnamon or black, each being the same color throughout the year. They will normally avoid people unless attracted by food. Do not feed them, they are wild and can be dangerous.
mother and cub
American Black Bears come in a wide variety of colors -- and shapes!

Who's been sleeping in my bed?
The Three Bears
More back-of-the-postcard information:
Ursus Americanus, The black bear is a powerful swimmer. It also climbs trees for food and protection. Though classified as a carnivore, most of its diet consists of vegetation.

Oh, how cute
Even baby bears are adorable -- this one must be very young.

Bears are easily habituated.
Yosemite is simply littered with bears. They are everywhere and signs are posted throughout the park warning visitors not to leave food in their cars. Bears have figured out how to ransack a car for even the smallest scrap, bag of potato chips, or even that lost M&M you left under the seat. Be careful!
Here's another old Yosemite postcard featuring a bear. The bears have been in Yosemite way longer than humans, but they have had to accommodate us humans for years now. They wander through the camp sites, parking lots and in back of restaurants always looking for food. There must be some truth to the saying: hungry as a bear. When food is plentiful and the predators are kept at bay, then the bears multiply. Unfortunately, then there's not quite enough food to go around and bears must turn to eating garbage, especially if it's the tasty stuff that us humans toss away.

Left on their own they will eat roots, shoots, berries, fish, small mammals and birds too.

This postcard tour is supposed to remind us of our sentimental fondness for these wonderful animals. After looking at these cards, how could anyone even think of harming one of them.

Standing bear

Please join the Phantom  as our virtual tour of the US continues. So far, our tour includes the following states:

California, Oregon, Washington,
Alaska, Hawaii
, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Texas, and Massachusetts.

Stay with us as we visit all of the United States, 
and who knows where next...

American Black Bear Postcards
Backs of the postcards
Cruising, 1970s style

Couples: rules to live by
Dangerous postcard animals
Dear Diary: Italy again
Driving the I-95  (text by Johnna Kaplan)
Favorite animal postcards
Not sure I'd want to see this
Old Hawaii
Old Motels

Other People's Vacations
Places I'd like to Visit

Postcard recipes
Side trip to Europe!
Spring in the Desert
Ugly Postcard Tour
Where My Friends Went, part 2, part 3
World Tour
The 50 State Quick Tour

Diannek, clevermag's editor, 
is affectionately known as
the Phantom to friends and family.


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