Black bears aren’t much for hunting. Instead, you just may see them sticking out their tongues and using their flexible lips to eat grasses, roots, berries and insects. Also look for their short, curved claws, which make them top-notch tree climbers.

Conservation Status

Source: SARA

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Black bears come in a full array of colours including blue-gray or blue-black, brown, cinnamon and even (rarely) white.

At a Glance

Scientific Name

Ursus americanus


39 - 409 kg (85 - 900 lb.)


Length of 1.5 - 1.8 m (5 - 6 ft.)

Conservation Status

Not at Risk


Primarily temperate and boreal forests as well as subarctic and subtropical areas


Grasses, roots, berries and insects, also eat fish and mammals.