American Black Bear

(Ursus americanus)

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STATUS: Native, “Least Concern”

DESCRIPTION: Broad-headed and black-furred, sometimes with a white spot on their chest. They can weigh between 90 and 551 lbs and can reach body lengths of 47 to 79 inches.

DIET: 85% of their diet is vegetation, which includes berries, shoots,and tree nuts. They also eat bees, ants, insect larvae, fish, and honey.

HABITAT: Forested areas that are considered relatively inaccessible terrain with thick under-story vegetation and large quantities of edible material.

NOTES: The subspecies of black bear fond at Severson Dells is the Eastern Black bear, also known as Ursus americanus americanus. They are known to open screw-top jars and door latches. They can run between 25 and 30 miles per hour and are known to see color well. Black bears tend avoid contact with humans.

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