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California Black Bear

Ursus americanus californiensis


This cinnamon colored Black Bear cub was running across a field and went into a wooded area. It briefly climbed a tree before climbing back down. The mother was not seen (which was concerning) but the cub kept looking back towards another wooded area. Black bears can have a variation of coloring depending on the subspecies from white to cinnamon to silver to black. Black bears are the only bear in California.


Evergreen forest at high elevation in Yosemite National Park.


My first bear spotting :-)

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Josh Asel
Josh Asel a year ago

Great spotting, congrats!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson a year ago

Well done, Cindy!

KostasZontanos a year ago


Congratulations Cindy on SOTD.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Yeah! Congratulations.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck a year ago

Congrats, Cindy!

SarahWhitt a year ago


DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations Cindy, this great series has earned you a Spotting of the Week!



Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

So happy for you Cindy. The first shot is gorgeous... :) Hope he found his mum.

Thank you Brian, Daniele and Mark! Thanks for the great news Ashley and to the Ranger team for the nomination!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Congrats for 1st bear. Must have been exciting.

AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

DanielePralong a year ago

Fantastic series Cindy!

Brian38 a year ago

Wonderful series Cindy!!

California, USA

Lat: 37.87, Long: -119.54

Spotted on Jun 27, 2017
Submitted on Jul 8, 2017

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