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American Black Bear

Ursus americanus


This cinnamon coloured black bear is a color phase of the American black bear which is a medium-sized bear native to North America. It is the continent's smallest and most widely distributed bear species.


Native to Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Wyoming, Alberta, and British Columbia. Often found in areas with relatively inaccessible terrain, thick understory vegetation and large quantities of edible material.


Judging by the scars on the bear's nose it had been in one or two fights with other bears. At the time of the photograph this bear was happily chewing on dandelions that were growing along the verge of the car park.

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ianmaton 6 years ago

Thanks all. I had been trying to find bears for almost a week before I got this photograph. Perseverance paid off in the end...

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 6 years ago

Amazing Spotting!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Wonderful spotting and photo!

ianmaton 6 years ago

Yes, this powerful animal feeding off dandelions was quite an incongruous sight!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

I love that this giant creature was enjoying a little vegetarian snack!

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Alberta, Canada

Spotted on May 17, 2013
Submitted on Dec 7, 2013

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