Black Bear

Ursus americanus

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Basic Information






Black Bears are generally between 3 and 7 feet in length.


up to 30 years in the wild


Black Bear (Ursus americanus) facts, habitat, diet, range, bear pictures and more to help you learn to identify the large mammal.




Sows birth 1-5 cubs.


Mid-West, Great Lakes, New England, Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Eastern Canada, Western Canada, Alaska


Black Bears are dangerous! Never approach, feed or simply in general be stupid in bear country. Please check out TrailMob's Bear Safety Tips for more information.

What does the Black Bear look like?

The American Black Bear is smaller than other types of bear. Its ears are big, and its back is missing the distinctive Grizzly hump. Its fur color varies, but a good rule of thumb is Black Bears in the eastern United States tend to be a dark black, while western Black Bears color tends to vary more often into lighter shades of blond and cinnamon. In general males are larger than females.

Black Bear Habitat


Black Bear Facts

Black Bear populations are on the rise across the country. These omnivorous animals tend to be shy, but thats not to say they will not attack. Black Bears are excellent climbers and run extremely fast over short distances. They often leave claw marks on trees and spend most the winter hibernating. Predators include wolves, mountain lions and humans.

Black Bear Distribution

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