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American Black Bear


Ursus americanus

  • Classification: Mammal
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 30-40 yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10-20 yrs
  • Length: 4-7 ft
  • Weight: 150-300 lbs
  • Height: 3 ft (at shoulder)
  • Range: Throughout North America, in at least 40 US states, Mexico and Canada
  • Habitat: Forested, mountainous areas
  • Diet: Omnivore
    • Diet in the Wild: Opportunists - mammals, vegetation, nuts, honey, berries
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: kibble, donated meats, vegetables and fruit

Being opportunistic omnivores, black bears will eat whatever they find to be available, from vegetation, small mammals, or berries in the forest, to digging through garbage in human populated areas. Black bears have relatively small ears and eyes and don’t rely on sight and hearing as much as their sense of smell. They have an excellent sense of smell and can detect scents from up to two miles away. Their color is generally uniform with a lighter brown muzzle and markings on their chest; western populations can vary from cinnamon, blonde, and black. With the exception of a mother and her cubs, the black bear is a solitary animal. They hibernate in the winter depending on the weather of the area, periodically waking to leave the den. In warmer climates with abundant food sources, they may not hibernate at all. These bears can run up to 30 mph and are adept at both swimming and climbing. Black bears are threatened due to habitat loss and human-caused mortality.

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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

In this pursuit we aim to:

  • Involve people to share in our mission.
  • Educate people about the personal benefits of taking care of wildlife and the environment entrusted to our care.
  • Inspire people to make positive changes improving the world for wildlife.

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We receive no State or Federal funding and depend entirely on private funds to carry out our Mission.