Now that the bear’s teeth are painted on the Baranof pole, the canines I thought were missing can be seen easily. Canine means “pointed tooth,” comes from Latin “caninus,” meaning “of the dog.” Hair of the dog that bit you? You can say you’ve come down with Caninus. A canine tooth is also called a cuspid, dogtooth, or fang.
A mother brown bear from these woods, protecting a cub, charged one of my neighbors last season, according to friends here. The neighbor tried to escape the charge but fell to the ground. The mother bear came on, overtook her, and opened her great jaw. She gently squeezed the fallen woman’s arm with her canines. A little warning nip.