I Can't Bear It
Your article featured on the front page of the Research section1 seems to have a picture of the grizzly bear and not the black bear. I have shooed enough black bears off my front porch to know the difference. New York has a sizable black bear population, and now and again one or two wander into town. Grizzly bears are more common west of the Mississippi. There is a hump at the shoulder to define them. [The bear in] your picture has a hump.
Recently, if you check the New York Times, we had a black bear in Queens, living in a dumpster of an Italian restaurant. I don't know how this affected his or her bone density, but the critter did become rather obese on the rich food.
Dr. Nicholas A. Sceusa
Gelsus Research and Consulting
New York, NY