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The coexistence of bears and nature-loving travelers can be problematic, especially when savory foods and sticky-fingered children are involved. It’s widely known that black bears raid trash cans, break into cars and homes, and swipe food from unwitting campers. Less apparent are the drivers behind the burly burglars’ selective foraging decisions; that is, until now. The objective of a recent study was to uncover the foraging proclivities of black bears in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Among other findings, the study revealed that these bears have quite a penchant for raiding minivans, above all other autos.

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