American Black Bear

American Black Bear

American Black Bear
Ursus americanus


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Carnivora
FAMILY
Ursidae

Range

North America


Habitat

Any type of woodland; rarely leaves forests


Diet

Grasses, fruits, berries, nuts, insects, human foods, and occasionally small vertebrates

Weight

220 - 600 lbs.

Size

4 - 6 ft.

Gestation

Approx. 7 months

Young

1 to 5 cubs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • American black bears are the smallest bears in North America.
  • Fur color of the species varies greatly, ranging from blond through beige, cinnamon, blue-white, and dark brown to light black.
  • 75 percent of a black bear's diet is plant food.
  • Most black bears hibernate for four to seven months. In warmer climates, though, bears may hibernate only briefly or not at all.
  • Bears will lose anywhere between 15 to 30 percent of its body weight during hibernation.
  • Their reasoning ability, long-term memory, omnivorous food habits, dexterity, speed, strength, sense of smell, and elusive behavior have made them one of the world's most adaptable carnivores.

 

Conservation

The Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus) is listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Least Concern

Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm

Closed only Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day

Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

e-Newsletter