Name: the black bear (Ursus americanus) – or American black bear – is a medium-sized bear native to North America.
Appearance: despite their name, black bears come in a variety of colours – from white, blonde, cinnamon, and light brown, to dark chocolate brown and jet black. They can be distinguished from brown bears by their smaller size, shorter claws, and the lack of a hump on their shoulders.
Size: adults weigh up to 250 kg – with their weight increasing by up to 30% in autumn as they fatten themselves up for hibernation. The largest ever recorded weighed over 500 kg and reached 2.4 m long.
Where to see Black bears
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