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American black bear

Animals in North America

When you hear the name of the black bear one ought to think the bear must be black. However the black bears pelt color varies the most, compared to other bear species. They can occur from very dark to almost beige.

American black bear

When you hear the name of the black bear one ought to think the bear must be black. However the black bears pelt color varies the most, compared to other bear species. They can occur from very dark to almost beige. 

The black bear is a good climber, and because of its strong and curved claws, it can easily climb any tree. They can hide on trees i a conflict with a rival or stronger bear or they are searching for food. The claws are also effective tools for gathering food and digging caves for the winter shelter.

The black bear's sense of smell is very well developed. Bears have been observed traveling long distances because they were following the scent of food. On the other hand, its vision is not very good, which makes it a good idea to be noisy and avoid sneaking when traveling in bear areas, for not to surprise and provoke the bear. 

Black bears are omnivorous, but their food consist mainly of herbal foods such as berries, fruits, nuts, grasses, roots, shoots, bark and the like. In addition, it will eat meat in the form of insects, fish and lizards. The need for protein-rich meat is highest right before, or after the bears come out of the den, where they lose a large part of their muscle mass. During hibernation, a bears heart rate will slow down to 8 beats per minute. 

American black bear

  • Length

    1,6-1,9 m
  • Weigth

    40-400 kg.
  • Food

    Plants, fruits, small prey and carrion
  • Gestation periode

    220 days
  • Habitat

    Forrest

"...Did you know that when the black bear is hibernating it saves energy by lowering its body temperature, respiration and heart beat rate?"

American black bear

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