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.
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