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Black bears live mainly in wetland and upland forests and eat mostly vegetation and insects. Occasionally they feed on animals such as armadillos or deer. An average male black bear weighs 350 pounds; females average 150 pounds. Given adequate habitat conditions, mature females give birth to two to four cubs every two years. Black bears live about 13 years in the wild.

Leading threats to the bear include habitat loss, habitat fragmentation and road kills. The wide-ranging black bear is considered an umbrella species. Protecting its habitat benefits many other species that share that habitat. Send a bear hug to someone you love and show your love for wildlife too!

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Click here to learn more about how you can join Defenders in protecting the black bear and its habitat, as well as other animals.


Black Bear by Bill Lea
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