The Black Bear austin rowlett

Scientific Name

The scientific name is Ursus americanus.


Black bears are primarily found in forested areas with thick ground vegetation and an abundance of fruits, nuts, and vegetation. In the northern areas, they can be found in the tundra, and they will sometimes forage in fields or meadows.


Most of their diet consists of grasses, roots, berries, and insects. They will also eat fish and mammals—including carrion.

Physical Description

Adult black bears are 4 to 7 feet from nose to tail, and two to three feet high at the withers. Males are larger than females and Black bears have small eyes, rounded ears, a long snout, large non retractable claws, a large body, a short tail, and shaggy hair.

Breeding Information

Female black bears mature as early as three years old. Breeding occurs from mid-June to mid-July, but in the eastern deciduous forest, mating season can extend into August. Female black bears usually breed every other year and cubs are born from early January to mid-February.

Special behavior / Unique anatomy

The design of the body allows these bears to move extremely fast.

Weird / Interesting information

Black Bears have strong powerful legs with large paws.



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