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Bears are part of the Mammalia Class and are within the order Carnivora. There are only 8 living species of bear and each has stocky legs a long snout, thick shaggy hair and five non-retractile claws.

Why don't pandas hibernate?

They call the creature a bear. And bears are known to hibernate each winter. So why don't pandas slip into the same cold-weather stupor? Are they really even bears at all?

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Bears throughout the Year

What do bears do in January? Check out this article from HowStuffWorks to learn about behavior of bears in January. See more »

Types of Bears

The brown bear, the grizzly and the Kodiak bear are all of the brown bear species. Learn all about the brown bear at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How to Track a Bear

You want to track a bear, but don't know how to do it. Learn about how to track a bear in this article. See more »

Check out these pictures of baby bears. See pictures of baby bear cubs at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Black Bear Pictures

Black Bears are classified as mammals. Check out pictures of black bears from HowStuffWorks's Bears! See more »