Black Bears

Animal Corner – Black Bears

Did you know that  in spite of their names, black bears can also be brown, blue or grey and even cinnamon? These are the most common bears in America, in fact, they can be found in nearly any forested area but also live in mountains and swamps. Black bears mostly eat berries, grasses and roots, but they are omnivores so they also eat fish and nearly anything they can find.

Black bears can weigh between 200 and 600 pounds. Their weight can go up and down a lot due to hibernation. They eat a lot in preparation for the winter and then lose weight when food is scarce. They are not typically considered true hibernators because they do wake up during their hibernation period. They do however, rely on that extra weight to get them through long periods of rest and food scarcity.