They are the most familiar and common bears in North America. They are excellent tree climbers and are usually found in forests, but can also be found in mountains and swamps. They are very opportunistic eaters; they eat mostly food that they find in the wild, but they will also eat human food that they find at campsites, cabins or rural homes. If they get too used to eating only human food they can become quite dangerous, so don’t feed the bears! They are mostly solitary animals and their home range can be anywhere from 15-80 (39-207 km) square miles. Black bears are not true hibernators; they may wake up if disturbed during the winter. Like other bears, black bears will spend the winter in caves and dens, feeding on the fat they have built up during the fall and summer months. Black bears will hibernate for different lengths of time depending on the climate they live in. Females will give birth to two or three baby cubs in the winter and will nurse them until Spring. Black bears are born blind and stay with their very protective mother for about 2 years.
|Diet||Omnivore: Grass roots, Berries, Insects, Fish, Carrion|
|Size||5 - 6 feet|
|Weight||200-600 lbs (90-270 kg)|
|Average Life Span||20 years|
|Group Name||Sloth or Sleuth|
|Protection Status||Not Threatened|