Black Bear

Black Bear

Scientific Name: 
Ursus Americanus

The American Black Bear is North America's most common and smallest bear.

Male black bears can weigh over 500 pounds and females can weigh up to 300 pounds. Bears may be smaller depending on age and season and bears on the East Coast tend to weigh more than those on the West Coast. Adults can be 4 to 6 feet in length and when standing on their hind legs can be as tall as an adult human.

Habitat: 
The American Black Bear is predominantly a forest dweller.
Diet: 
The black bear is omnivorous and their diet varies by season and food availability. Up to 85% of their diet is vegetation. The animal part of their diet is largely made up bees and some fish. They will sometimes prey on young mammals like elk and deer, but rarely prey on adults. Black bears have been known to attack humans, although it is very rare and usually not for feeding purposes.
Range Map: 

Goose Creek State Park

Size: 
1327 acres

Location

Goose Creek State Park
2190 Camp Leach Road
Washington, NC 27889
United States
Phone: (252) 923-2191
35° 33' 37.5804" N, 77° 2' 4.524" W

Goose Creek State Park is located in Washington, North Carolina and protects coastal plain near Pamlico Sound.

Goose Creek State Park is open year round and offers plenty of opportunities for family outdoor recreation. Families can enjoy fishing for bluegill, yellow and white perch and largemouth bass. Motorboats, sailboats and paddle boats are allowed on the waters and a boat ramp at Dinah's Landing provides access.

Sequoia National Park

Size: 
404063 acres

Location

Sequoia National Park
Route 198
Three Rivers, CA 93271
United States
Phone: (559) 565-3341
36° 35' 16.4292" N, 118° 45' 8.7192" W

Famous for its giant Sequoia trees, Sequoia National Park is located in the southern Sierra Nevada region of California. It is adjacent to and jointly managed with Kings Canyon National Park. Sequoia National Park has a vertical relief of 13,000 feet and includes Mount Whitney, the highest point in the 48 contiguous United States.

Ocala National Forest

Size: 
430447 acres

Location

Ocala National Forest
3199 NE CR 315
Silver Springs, FL 34488
United States
Phone: (352) 625-2520
29° 13' 7.032" N, 82° 0' 54.6948" W

Ocala National Forest is located in central Florida north of Orlando. It is the southernmost national forest in the continental United States and the second largest in Florida. It was established in 1908 and is the oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River. Ocala protects the largest contiguous sand pine forest in the world and has over 600 lakes, rivers and springs.

Humboldt Lagoons State Park

Size: 
2256 acres

Location

Humboldt Lagoons State Park
15336 Highway 101
Trinidad, CA 95570
United States
Phone: (707) 677-3570
41° 9' 35.2044" N, 124° 7' 3.738" W

Humboldt Lagoons State Park protects three lagoons on the Pacific Coast in northwest California which are part of the nation's largest lagoon system. Big Lagoon is the largest lagoon and located to the south, Stone Lagoon is located in the middle, and Freshwater Lagoon is the smallest and northernmost lagoon. Dry Lagoon was previously drained by farmers and is now a wetland area.

Bash Bish Falls State Park

Location

Bash Bish Falls State Park
Falls Road
Mount Washington, MA 01258
United States
Phone: (413) 528-0330
42° 6' 35.5896" N, 73° 29' 16.9872" W

Bash Bish Falls State Park is located in Southwest Massachusetts and is home to the state's highest single-drop waterfall. The Bash Bish Brook cascades down Bash Bish Mountain before making a 60-foot drop over the falls.

Bash Bish State Park offers day use recreation including fishing and hiking. The trail is accessed via a moderately difficult trail. There is a range of wildlife in the area, including black bear and bobcat.

Camel's Hump State Park

Size: 
20000 acres

Location

Camel's Hump State Park
Camel's Hump Road
Duxbury, VT 05676
United States
44° 20' 3.9372" N, 72° 50' 7.1196" W

Camel's Hump State Park protect's the third-largest peak in Vermont and is part of the Green Mountain range. Camel's Hump peak has a distinctive look and is featured on Vermont's state quarter. Its elevation is 4,083, making it one of the 48 peaks in New England reaching higher than 4,000 feet.

Big Bend National Park

Size: 
801163 acres

Location

Big Bend National Park
1 Headquarters Drive
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834
United States
Phone: (432) 477-1108
29° 17' 18.4236" N, 103° 12' 46.7064" W

Big Bend National Park is a remote park on the United States/Mexican border in Far West Texas. The park contains over 800,000 acres of the Chihuahuan Desert and is larger than the state of Rhode Island. 244 miles of the famous Rio Grande river flow through the park.

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Size: 
14000 acres

Location

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway
Orick, CA 95555
United States
Phone: (707) 465-7347
41° 24' 15.57" N, 124° 1' 44.4288" W

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is located in Humboldt County, California and protects old-growth Coast Redwood trees. Many of the redwoods reach over 300 feet high and the third largest Coast Redwood, named Iluvatar, is located in the park's Atlas Grove. The forest within the park is also comprised of Coast Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock. In addition to the redwood forest, the park also contains Gold Bluffs Beach which represents 10 miles of scenic coastline on the Pacific Ocean.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Size: 
6498 acres

Location

Calaveras Big Trees State Park
1170 State Highway 4
Arnold, CA 95223
United States
Phone: (209) 795-2334
38° 16' 39.0648" N, 120° 18' 33.4728" W

Calaveras Big Trees State Park is located in Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties, California. The park is located in the middle elevations of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and preserves two groves of giant sequoia trees. The sequoia trees can grow to over 325 feet tall and have trunks more than 30 feet in diameter. It is believed some of the trees in the park are over 2000 years old.

The Stanislaus River is another prominent feature of the park which offers fishing for trout.