Victoria Schlesinger

Victoria Schlesinger is the editor in chief of Bay Nature.

Black Bears Buck the Trend, Thrive in California

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In an unusual reversal of most wildlife trends, the black bear population is at an all time high and occupies a greater range in California today than it did before the Gold Rush. At that time the state was home to both black bears and the California grizzly, which seemingly dominated every local ecological niche.