Travel & Nature: National Geographic – April 2023


National Geographic Magazine – April 2023

​There’s a true story behind ‘Cocaine Bear’—and it’s no laughing matter

​The new comedic horror film is based on the real-life drug overdose of an American black bear—and illustrates how human recklessness endangers wildlife.

Black bear eating dandelion.

Unlike the movie, the real-life cocaine bear didn’t go on a coke-fueled rampage, but it did consume a fatal amount of cocaine left in the woods by smugglers. Here, an American black bear, Ursus americanus, eats dandelions. 

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