Recent occurrence of an American black bear in Nebraska

@inproceedings{Hoffman2009RecentOO,
  title={Recent occurrence of an American black bear in Nebraska},
  author={Justin D. Hoffman and Sam Wilson and Hugh H. Genoways},
  year={2009}
}
Abstract We report on a young male, cinnamon-phase American black bear (Ursus americanus) that was collected in northwestern Nebraska on 12 May 2008. This specimen represents the first black bear taken in Nebraska since 1907. Cranial characteristics and mass of the individual indicated a 15–16 month old bear. This bear may have dispersed from the Laramie Mountains in southeastern Wyoming along the North Platte River into western Nebraska. This record adds to the growing number of cases where… 
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