Despite their name, not all black bears are black—their fur can range in color from cinnamon color to very dark brown and sometimes even pure white. But usually, most populations have a mixture of brown to black colors.
It is not a species of particular concern, and thanks to conservational efforts, their numbers have been reported to increase in Florida and Louisiana over the past several years. But in areas with a high human population, their increased numbers can lead to conflicts as they are attracted to human foods and wastes and can even attack pets and smaller livestock animals.
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- They are excellent climbers and are able to scale trees to escape predators or access food sources.
- Black bears are the most common bear species in North America and can be found in 41 of the 50 United States.
- They have an incredible sense of smell, which is seven times stronger than a bloodhound’s.
- They have an excellent memory and can remember food sources and their locations for up to several years.
- They are excellent swimmers and can swim long distances across lakes and rivers.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No