Spectacled Bear

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Spectacled bears possess great religious and cultural value to the native people whom share their range.

Spectacled bears possess great religious and cultural value to the native people whom share their range and are the source of a lot of myths.

Until humans began to forcibly introduce themselves, wild Andean bears were mysterious and a bit mythological. Some indigenous cultures in South America revered them as spiritual mediators. In some areas, they are considered a divine creature linking Heaven to Earth.

Sources: (Fenner, 2012; LaFee, 2009; R´ıos-Uzeda, Gómez, Wallace, 2006; Servheen, Herrero, & Peyton, 1999; Velez-Liendo & García-Rangel, 2017)
Image: Tambako the Jaguar

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