Liam the bear

common nameconservation status
American black bear Least Concern (LC)
scientific namesize
Ursus americanus → 120 to 200 cm (47 to 79 in)
↑ 70 to 105 cm (28 to 41 in)
familyweigh
Ursidae ♂ 57–250 kg (126–551 lb)
♀ 41–170 kg (90–375 lb)
orderlifespan
Carnivora21-33 years
class gestation period
Mammalia63-70 days
 population diet
850,000-950,000 individualsMainly plants: grasses, fruits and nuts. But also carrion, insects, salmons, trout, crabs and seldom rodents or small deers. They love honey.
habitatrange
Forests, areas of shrubs, swamps, tundra and high mountain areas.From the north of Mexico to the north of Alaska.

Did you know...

1.

Despite being called black bear, the color of this species ranges from black (blue-black) to brown, light brown or, rarely, white.

 

2.

Despite their volume and weight, black bears can easily climb trees.

 

3.

They are extremely solitary animals that travel long distances every day.

 

4.

Black bears do not hibernate the way other animals do. They spend the Winter in a dormant state in caves, dens or sheltered places using the extra body fat they have stored up the rest of the year. They do not eat, drink, urinate or defecate, but they can wake up quickly and easily if they perceive a threat.

 

5.

They can run at speeds of up to 55 km/h (34 mph) and they are excellent swimmers that can cross, for example, a lake to reach an island.

 

6.

They are peaceful animals that, unlike other species like the Grizzly bear, do not attack humans, not even to defend their offspring. They prefer running away or climbing a tree.

7.

A female can give birth once every two years and has 2-6 cubs that live with her 18 months, if they survive.

 

8.

This is the smallest bear species in North America, after the polar bear and the brown bear.

 

9.

They have a finely developed sense of smell and they often stand upright on their hind legs to better identify smells that helps them find food.

 

10.

There are 16 subspecies of black bear.

 

11.

One subspecies of black bear is the Kermode bear, that lives only in British Columbia, Canada. The interesting fact is that one of these bears in ten is completely white.

 

12.

For native americans these bears were sacred and supernatural animals. They performed long pre-hunting rituals to honor them.

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