Black Bear

Black Bear 

Did you know bears have poor eyesight but they have an excellent sense of smell?  Black bears have a great sense of smell and hearing and are powerful swimmers and agile climbers. Black bears can also run up to 25 miles per hour.  The black bear hibernates between five to seven months each year usually in small caves, crevices, or geological features. During hibernation its body temperature falls to 88 degrees F., from a normal 101 F. The frequency of the bear’s heartbeat decreases to about 50 percent of normal with other body functions diminished 40-50 percent.


FAST FACTS
SCIENTIFIC NAME
URSUS AMERICANUS
WHERE IN THE WILD?
NORTH AMERICA AND NORTHERN MEXICO FOREST AND WOODLANDS
WHAT'S ON THE MENU?
INSECTS, BERRIES, FRUITS, EGGS, FISH, RODENTS, HONEY, VEGETABLES AND FRESH MEAT
LIFE EXPECTANCY
MAXIMUM RECORDED 32 YEARS IN THE WILD