The Pope is generally accepted to be a Catholic, except by a few fringe lunatics, and bears are regularly said to shit in the woods.
But has anyone ever checked if the bear population is predominantly disposed to disposing of its bodily wastes within forested toiletry facilitates?
In essence, does a bear shit in the woods?
The question asked, it needs answering.
Based on data from a mix of Wikipedia (I know) and other sources, I calculate that the worldwide Ursidae population to be in the region of 1.14 million.
Presuming that mixed habitats are unrealistically split 50:50, then based on the data in the table below I conclude that:
Bears shitting in woods: 1,008,000
Bears not shitting in woods: 131,500
I think we can safely say that the common saying is at least correct, if not necessarily polite.
|Bear||Woodland Dwelling||Population Size|
|American black bear||Yes||850,000|
|Asian black bear||Yes||48,000|