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Though the words Habituated and Food Conditioned Bears are used interchangeably, there’s actually a lot of difference between them.

A Bear Sitting In A Stream: Food conditioned bears

A Bear Sitting In A Shallow Stream. Bears Have Fantastic Memories And They Quickly Learn How To Go After Human Food.

If you live anywhere bears or have a lot to do with them, you would have come across the terms Habituated Bears and Food Conditioned Bears a number of times.

Though these two words mean very different things, people use them interchangeably. They’ll say things like “habituated bears are dangerous” or “food conditioned bears are dangerous.” Or you may even hear “all food conditioned AND habituated bears are dangerous.”

The fact is not all the above statements are true. So, which one is true and which ones aren’t?

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