Canadian Black Bear Essay

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Canadian Black Bear



The Canadian Black Bear

There are 8 kinds of bears (Ursus) in the world but I chose the North American Black bear
(Ursus americanus). I will be covering general information about the bear such as their
size, weight, color, food, etc., but I will concentrate mainly on the hibernating cycle of
the black bear.

There are from 400,000 to 750,00 black bears in North America, and they weigh from 130 to
660 pounds with a body length of 50 to 75 inches. Their colors vary from black, chocolate
brown, cinnamon brown, pale blue (known as glacier bears) to white. Black bears will often
have a brown muzzle and may have a lighter color patch on its chest. Its feet are equipped
with strong, highly curved claws. They’re omnivores; eating nuts, berries, fruits, insects
(especially ants), deer and moose fawns, carrion and in coastal areas on spawning salmon.
Their habitat includes forests with occasional open areas such as meadows. They occupy all
of Canada starting from the tree line going south. They live in all provinces and
territories except Prince Edward Island, where heavy de-forestation has happened and
preferably away from brown bears (larger competitors). The only main risk for black bears
are poachers who sell their parts illegally to the Asian medicinal market.

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