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bear

(bâr)
n.
a. Any of various usually omnivorous mammals of the family Ursidae that have a shaggy coat and a short tail and walk with the entire lower surface of the foot touching the ground.
b. Any of various other animals, such as the koala, that resemble a true bear.
(1) A subculture in gay/bisexual male communities with events, codes and culture-specific identity that hinge around a hypermasculine identity
(2) A member of a subculture of gay/bisexual males who is hairy and often bearded. Some bears have embraced transgendered as well as non-gendered individuals
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These steps include harassment with noisemakers, the use of pepper sprays specifically designed for bears, shooting the bear with non-lethal rubber bullets, and if necessary, capture and relocation.
However, the toy enjoyed a reprise later that decade with the publication of Peter Bull's 'Bear With Me' (1969), and a growing market for collectable old teddy bears alongside a new emergence of fine hand crafted ones by 'bear artists'.