North America

Black Bears

Ursus americanus Black Bears

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What’s in a name?

Despite their name, Black Bears can be blue-gray or blue-black, brown, cinnamon, or even (very rarely) white.  Black Bears are North America’s most familiar and common bear.

I’ll Eat That

Black Bears are very opportunistic eaters. Most of their diet consists of grasses, roots, berries, and insects. They will also eat fish, mammals, carrion, and easily develop a taste for human food and garbage.

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