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    • CommentAuthoroknad49
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2011 edited

    Here is a very interesting article that will clear up the questions about whether Arkansas has any Cinnamon Bears or not. It explains all about them in the 3rd paragraph down.



    • CommentAuthoreiguoc
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2011

    Very interesting reading Thanks Darla

    • CommentAuthorTRMichels
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011

    I've read the whole article several times, but it is still unclear if the author means to imply there are brown and/or cinnamon, or brown and cinnamon. If he means to say brown and/or cinnamon it might mean that they are brown, but that some people refer to them as cinnamon (but it is unlikely). If he means brown and cinnamon, it would suggest that cinnamon colored bears make up less than 3 percent of the population, because brown colored bears make up some portion of the 3 percent stated in the article.    

    Either way, the title of this thread is mis-leading or mis-written - because

    1. There is no such thing as a "cinnamon bear".  There are Americn Black Bears, and Brown Bears and Eurasian Black Bears , but there is no "cinnamon bear" - anywhere. There are cinnamon colord bears, but

    2.A cinnamon colored bear is reddish brown, and as the article states, there are very few of them up here in the population of Minnesota, Ontario, Saskatechewan. Most of the non-black bears in these areas are brown - not cinnamon. Since the cinnamon color is a recessive genetic trait, it means that any bear that is cinnamon colored in Arkansas, had to have two parents with cinnamon genes in them (which is very rare), that were of non-Arkansas linnage, becsue there are no bears in the Arkansas populatin that are not black. 

    The one big bear we have seen in the previous two years here that was not black, was what many people call chocolate colored, not a dark brown, almost bordering on black, bear.  We have also had brown colored cubs here. But, since bears do not exhibit their adult pelage until they are about 2 years old, we do not know what color they may turn out to be.    

    • CommentAuthoroknad49
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011 edited

    The author stated that 23 percent of the bears in the Ozarks are Brown or Cinnamon colored, meaning out of that 23 percent some will be a lighter brown color or the color cinnamon, which is a much darker reddish- brick color than the  lighter brown colored bears. There is a difference in saying brown vs. cinnamon when  describing a bear's color.

    There is a sub-species of Black Bear found in some of the western states called Cinnamon Bear, which is the smallest of all the bears in the U.S.

    So, I guess the correct title of this should be "There ARE Cinnamon Colored Bears in Arkansas.", to differentiate between the ones found out West.

    • CommentAuthoroknad49
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2012

    Good article for the new members to read!