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BLACK BEAR

ANIMALS

BLACK BEAR

Ursus americanus


A black bear cub perched on the branch of a tree
Black Bear Facts
  • Habitat: forests, sub-alpine meadows, desert riparian areas
  • Status: stable
  • Diet: Though classified as a carnivore, black bears have an omnivorous diet including roots, berries, meat, fish, insects, larvae, grass, and other succulent plants.
  • Weight: 350 lbs. for males, 250 lbs. for females
  • Height: 3' at the shoulder, 5' - 7' standing
  • Lifespan: As they have no known predators other than humans, in the wild bears can reach 20-25 years. In captivity, up to 30.
  • Wild pop. in AZ: estimated to be 2,500
  • In the SWCC Sanctuary: 5
  • Interesting Facts
    • Considered a "master dozer" among┬ábear species, black bears hibernate for ~100 days (depending on the region in which they live), during which the cubs are born.
    • Black bears aren't always black. They can be brown, blonde, red, even a bluish-grey.

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