The American Black Bear (Ursus americanus) is the most prominent bear in North America. They are medium sized omnivores who feed opportunistically. Black bears are known to eat a variety of foraged grasses, roots, berries, and insects – although today, bears find it easy to develop a taste for human foods and garbage.
An average black bear will grow to be between 200 and 600 pounds and live for about 20 years in the wild.
Bears in the wild require large areas for roaming. Males might consider an area of 80 square miles to be “home”.
Mid-winter is when female black bears usually give birth to two or three tiny cubs. The baby bears will remain in the bear den where they are nursed by the mother until spring. Once the frost lifts, the bear families emerge from their “hibernation” to hunt and forage for food.