Black Bear | Tess, Tera, Tilly

American black bear (Ursus americanus)

On exhibit: Tess, the largest of the three bears, was born in 2012. She was placed at the zoo by the DEC in July 2013. In 2014, Tess was joined by two sibling females named Terra and Tilly who were born in 2013. Terra and Tilly were placed with the Zoo by the Montana Fish and Wildlife.

Diet: Omnivore, opportunistic

Average wild life span: 18 years

Height: up to 7 feet (2.1 m) when standing on hind feet

Average weight: 160-300 lbs (73-136 kg)

New York State status: Common. Most black bears in New York State live in the Adirondacks or Catskills. If you want to avoid bears in the wild, you should make lots of noise and use bear-proof containers for storing food while hiking or camping.

The North American Black Bear exhibit at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park is sponsored by:
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