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North American black bear

North America·Mammal

The American black bear is a medium-sized bear with fur that can be black, brown, gray, or bluish-black. They aren’t aggressive unless provoked and are known for their ability to climb in order to escape threats. They aren’t true hibernators, but tend to spend winters in caves for protection against the cold. They eat all through the spring, summer, and fall in order to build up fat for the winter. Even while dormant in winter, they are easily awakened upon intrusion or commotion. The American black bear is the most widespread and numerous bear in North America, with a total population of 500,000.

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  • North American black bear
  • Conservation StatusLeast Concern
  • Life spanup to 30 years
  • Body size200-600 lbs.
    5-6 ft. long
  • Native habitat Forested areas of North America and Northern Mexico
  • DietGrasses, berries, fish, and small mammals
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