Q: What is the scientific name for the American black bear?
A: Ursus americanus
Q: Where are black bears found?
A: American black bears range from Mexico to Alaska, from the mountains of California to the swamps of Florida, and everywhere in between.
Q: Are black bears always black?
A: Just like their more aggressive brown bears cousins, black bears can range in color from cinnamon brown to silvery blue to pure white.
Q: What do black bears eat?
A: In the wild an American black bear eats nuts, berries, roots, and other vegetation, plus young deer and moose and spawning salmon.
Q: How big are black bears?
A: Wild, male black bears of a breeding age weigh 125-500 pounds depending on age, season and food. Adults can be 50-80 inches from nose to tail, with males being larger than females.
Q: When do black bears mate?
A: Usually from late May to early July.