Animals of the world, Black Bear

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  • Black Bear is a medium-sized bear most common in the forests of North America, including parts of Mexico.
  • Depending on their colour variations, black bears are often referred to as cinnamon bears, blue-grey or blue-black glacier bears, and white bears
  • Adult males typically weigh between 57–250 kg (126–551 lbs)
  • A black bear has better eyesight and a better sense of hearing compared to humans. Their keenest sense is the sense of smell, which is about seven times greater than a dog’s
  • Most of their diet consists of grasses, roots, berries, insects, fish, and mammals—including carrion—and easily develop a taste for human foods and garbage. As opportunistic feeders, black bears will also eat pine cones, roots, ants, and honey.
  • They spend the winter in dens located in rock crevices, in underground burrows, under tree roots, in hollow trees, in brush piles, or simply on open-ground beds
  • They are often found in areas with relatively inaccessible terrain, thick understory vegetation and large quantities of edible material
  • In natural habitats, black bears are active during the day. However, in areas of high human activity such as dumps and campsites, black bears often become nocturnal to avoid encounters with humans.
  • They can run at speeds of 25 to 30 miles per hour (40 to 48 km/h).
  • The average lifespan in the wild is 20 years

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