Bears are some of the most lovable large carnivores in the world, often the subject of childhood tales and treasured as teddy bears. It's a strange association, given that they are also on the shortlist of animals known to hunt and kill humans. Grizzlies and polar bears are the most feared, but all large species of bear can potentially be dangerous — even the vegetarian giant panda.
A recent study in the Journal of Wildlife Management documented the 59 fatal black bear attacks between 1900 and 2009 in the U.S. and Canada. Researchers found that solo, hungry males — not mothers with babies — are most often the ones that kill.