1. An omnivorous North American bear (Ursus americanus), living primarily in forests and having a glossy black or dark brown coat.
2. An omnivorous Asian bear (Ursus thibetanus), having a pointed snout, a black coat, and a beige or white V-shaped mark on the chest.
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North American black bear
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