North American black bearOur refuge's first black bear sighting!
Facts About North American black bear
Smallest bear species in North America and only found in North America.
Height of: 2-3 feet at shoulders.
Length at: 4-7 feet from nose to tip of tail.
Weight of males: average of 150-300 lbs with females being smaller. Exceptionally large males have been known to weigh 500-600 lbs.
Have short, non-retractable claws that give them an excellent tree-climbing ability.
Lifespan: around ten years, but can live upward of 30 years in the wild.
Are omnivorous: eating plants, fruits, nuts, insects, honey, salmon, small mammals and carrion.
Most hibernate. May not hibernate, or do so briefly, if there is ample food and warmer weather throughout the winter.
Page Photo Credits Refuge's first black bear sighting! With a blonde coat / M. Weisenberger, USFWS, Black bear with reddish-brown coat / Refuge remote camera, USFWS
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2014