American Black Bear

black_bearPhoto Credit: Bender, Mike

American Black Bear
Ursus americanus

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Size: Males are large than females; 4 to 7 feet long, weighing in between 90 to 900 pounds.

Range: North America, from Alaska to Canada to New Foundland, as far south as Louisiana and Florida.

Habitat: Forests, woodlands, mountains regions, swampy areas

Diet: Omnivorous; can eat carrion, plants, fish, eggs, roots, seeds, fruits, nuts and berries.

Breeding: Summertime, June to July.

Nesting: 1 to 5 cubs born in a den or an isolated cave, they weigh around 7 ounces at birth.

Warnings: Any species of bears have been documented to attack especially when startled, hungry, or with their cubs!

Description & Behavior
The American Black Bear has a long stout, tiny eyes, round ears, claws and a large, thick stocky body. The coloring of the Black Bear depends greatly on what region its in, the color ranges from pure black to brown to reddish-cinnamon to white to blond, even bluish-grey in some areas. Some species of the American Black Bear also have a white blaze on their chests.