American Black Bear

ANIMAL:
American Black Bear Ursus americanus

Type of Animal:
Bear

Habitat:
Forests, tundra, fields, meadows, mountains, swamps, urban/suburban areas, riparian areas, alpine/subalpine areas, chaparral, woodlands, high tideland, brush, roadsides, sidehill parks, campsites

Location(s):
Canada, Alaska, throughout U.S in N. California, Oregon, Washington, Rockies states, parts of Arizona & New Mexico, a few small parts of Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, & Alabama, parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, & Michigan, Arkansas & S. Missouri, Carolinas, Appalachian states, Adirondack states, & New England area. Also found in parts of N. & C. Mexico. Formerly found in most of Lower 48.

Appearance:
Most individuals black w/ black nose. Some individuals cinnamon-colored, Glacier subspecies bluish, some mutations are white. Males fatter than females.

Food/Diet:
Twigs, roots, berries, buds, young plants, beetles, insect larvae, bees, honey, ants, wasps, fish, carrion, refuse, fruits, grasses, shrubs, tubers, seeds, acorns, nuts, grains, bulbs, sedges, clovers, leaves, dandelions, rodents, birds’ eggs, deer, elk, moose, sheep, goats, bison, pigs, cattle, equines, reptiles up to size of alligators, amphibians, beavers, rabbits, hares, foxes, birds, armadillos, otters, bobcat kittens. There have been a few cases of man-eating black bears. Males prey on cubs of own species & brown bear cubs.

Status in Wild:
Stable

Conservation:
Breeding in zoos & wildlife parks

Lifestyle:
Solitary, though same-sex siblings group together & small groups sometimes form at food sites.

Additional Info:

Called:
Male-Boar
Female-Sow
Young-Cub
Group-Sleuth

Weight:
Male-375-600 lbs
Female-90-300 lbs
Young-20 lbs

Gestation:
6-8 months

Height:
Male-5-7 ft
Female-4-5 ft

Body Length:
Male-5-7 ft
Female-4-5.5 ft

Life Span: 15 years, up to 30 years in captivity

Tail Length:
4.8 in, same for both sexes

Adults have no predators besides alligators rarely taking adult females. On the other hand, cubs preyed on by wolves, cougars/pumas/mountain lions/panthers, alligators, male brown bears, & male black bears. In fact, male black bears highest cause of cub mortality.

Cubs stay/ mom for up to 2 years & she protects them from predators.

Males engage in deadly fights during breeding season, ripping at each other w/ teeth.

Fun Fact(s):
These animals are VERY DANGEROUS! This applies especially to mothers w/ cubs, bears used to humans, & bears viewing us as prey. If not bothered, then fairly non-aggressive.

Teddy Bear named after president Teddy Roosevelt after refusal to shoot bear cub.
 

7 thoughts on “American Black Bear

  1. off white

    I in addition to my guys have been following the nice hints from the website then suddenly developed an awful feeling I had not expressed respect to you for those techniques. My young men appeared to be as a result happy to study all of them and now have extremely been loving these things. Appreciate your getting so helpful as well as for picking out this form of tremendous things millions of individuals are really needing to be informed on. My sincere apologies for not expressing gratitude to sooner.

    Reply
  2. jordan shoes

    I precisely wanted to thank you so much all over again. I do not know the things that I might have undertaken in the absence of the entire secrets contributed by you over such subject matter. It actually was the difficult problem for me personally, but witnessing a new expert manner you resolved that took me to jump with contentment. I’m happy for the guidance and thus trust you really know what a powerful job you’re getting into training many others through your webpage. I am certain you’ve never come across any of us.

    Reply
  3. off white x nike

    I in addition to my buddies came checking the excellent information and facts from your web page and then quickly developed an awful feeling I had not thanked the web site owner for those secrets. These people became so joyful to read through all of them and now have seriously been loving those things. We appreciate you getting so helpful as well as for utilizing such tremendous issues most people are really desirous to understand about. Our sincere apologies for not expressing appreciation to you sooner.

    Reply
  4. Elana R

    I was just in northern Wisconsin and saw a mama black bear and her two cubs. I was wondering about their gestation period and how long they remain with mama. Thank you for answering my questions.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *