Despite their name, black bears can be anywhere from black to red to blond.
Black bears are the only bears that live in Utah, but one way to tell the difference between a black and brown bear is that a black bear’s snout is straight and usually lighter in color than the rest of their body. They also have large pointed ears and lack a shoulder hump.
How big are they?
Black bears are typically 4.5-6 feet long and are 3 feet at shoulder height.
Females weigh between 100-500 pounds. Males weigh between 100-900 pounds.
Where do they live?
Black bears prefer to live in forested areas that have good places to make dens.
They are sometimes seen near the edges of suburban areas.
What do they eat?
Black bears are omnivores. They eat nuts, roots, berries, insects, mice, fish, and other small mammals.
What eats them?
Adult male black bears and grizzly bears will prey on black bear cubs.
Did you know?
Black bears are good climbers and can run up to 25 miles per hour.
Although a black bear can spend up to three months in its den living off stored body fat, it is not a true hibernator. If disturbed, it can instantly wake up. Female bears will also give birth and take care of cubs while taking shelter in the den.
Cubs are born blind and hairless. They remain in the den during the spring and can survive on their own at eighteen months of age.
Threats to black bears:
Black bears major threats are habitat fragmentation, poaching, logging and human encroachment.