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Black Bear

What do black bears look like?

Black bears have black, dark brown, cinnamon, or yellow-brown fur. They have a great sense of smell. Black bears have five toes on each foot. They can weigh up to 600 pounds and are 5 to 7 feet tall when standing up.

How do black bears move?

Black bears are good swimmers and excellent climbers. Their paws help them climb trees. Cubs often climb high in the trees. They can run fast in short distances.

Where do black bears live?

Black bears live in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Most black bears live in forests and hibernate in the winter. They prefer to live alone. Most black bears are active during the day but may become active at night if they are trying to avoid humans.

What do black bears eat?

Black bears eat plants, grasses, roots, honey, nuts, fruit, berries, and seeds. They may also eat fish, small animals, insects, dead animals, and garbage. Their sense of smell helps them find food.

What is the life cycle of a black bear?

Black bears can live up to 30 years in the wild. Females can give birth to one to six cubs. Cubs can weigh 80 pounds by the time they are one year old. They stay with their mother for one and a half years.

Did you know?

  • Black bears are smaller than brown bears.
  • Black bears may stand up on their back legs to sniff scents.
  • Bears do not eat, drink, or go to the bathroom while hibernating.

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