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Mama black bears are giving their two-year-old cubs the boot. With no job and no mate, they act like unambitious teenagers and just wander around, looking for easy food sources, sometimes close to homes and businesses. Immature bears are easy to distinguish because they resemble a large German shepherd dog with long, lanky legs, tall ears that stand up from their head, and a long face with a distinctive snout. Although immature and unsure of their way in the wild, these bears can be dangerous. Still, having one visit your back yard is pretty cool, as this Mississippi couple shared with the Natchez Democrat.

Black bear cubs are cute and cuddly when first born but grow to hear adult size by year two.
Black bear cubs are cute and cuddly when first born but grow to hear adult size by year two.

A Natchez couple says a juvenile black bear has been hanging out in their yard and snacking at their bird feeders. Dennis Moritz tells The Natchez Democrat that the bear spent several hours in their yard Tuesday and Wednesday nights. He says he and his wife, Judy, saw the bear digging around, eating birdseed and drinking from a bucket that they use to water flowers. After a while, Dennis Moritz says, the bear “just went on his merry way.” The homeowner says he talked to wildlife experts. They told him bears are coming out of their sleepy periods this time of year and are roaming around to find food.

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