Defenders in the Northwest
Sage-Grouse, Photo: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region

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Sara O'Brien
Director, Conservation Planning

Sara Vickerman
Senior Director, Biodiversity Partnerships

Bruce Taylor
Director, Oregon Biodiversity Program

Kassandra Kelly
Media Production Specialist

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Fact Sheet
The American black bear is the smallest of the three bears species found in North America, and are found only in North America. Black bears have short, non-retractable claws that give them an excellent tree-climbing ability.
Polar bear, © Tom Schneider
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Grizzly Bear, © Ray Rafiti
Conservation Issue
We work to create and share strategies to encourage peaceful coexistence between people and wildlife.