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Black bear

Ursus americanus


The American black bear is the world's most common bear species. Most black bears are black. However their fur can range in color from pure white to a cinnamon color to very dark brown or black. Typically, adults are approximately 3 feet tall at the shoulder, and their length from nose to tail is about 75 inches. Adult males are much larger than adult females. A large male black bear can exceed 600 lbs in weight while females seldom exceed 200 lbs.


These bears were spotted at a reserve for animals in Rapid City South Dakota where they are able to roam free.

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22 Comments 6 years ago

Thank you so much LisaPowers. I'm quite honored to be in the top 10 mammal spottings for 2015 best wildlife photo mission. Thanks again!!

LisaPowers 6 years ago

Congrats, your engaging black bear has made the top 10 mammal spottings in the '2015 Best Wildlife Photo' mission! Rangers are voting on the top 10 mammal spottings, and the top 3 will be announced on February 6th. The top 3 spottings will be commented on here on the site, but make sure you keep a look out on our Facebook app page for the announcement as well! Congratulations on making the top 10! 6 years ago

Thanks Maria

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

That is a relaxed-looking bear! Congratulations! 6 years ago

Thank you Desmond. All the pictures were taken in a car. This is a drive through preserve where the animals are free to roam. The first picture the bear was right in front of me and did not use camera zoom at all. The last picture I did use zoom for about 10 feet. Thanks again.

outsidegirl0 6 years ago

Welcome 6 years ago

Thank you outside girl

Desmond.E.S.O 6 years ago

Yes, Congrats! How close was it to you in that last picture?

outsidegirl0 6 years ago

congrats! amazing SOTD! 6 years ago

Thank you James, Antonio and Leuba. I truly appreciate getting the SOTD for the bears.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Congratulations Mary ! Lovely animals !!

Great series Mary,i love bears:) congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

James McNair
James McNair 6 years ago

Congrats Mary 6 years ago

Thank you Sukayna for nice comment. I too wanted to give him a hug. He was so perfect looking with his fur so pretty and such a cute face. But oh was he big!

SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

I am so happy for you but happier for the has just such a nice friendly face (sorry shouldn't make animals bear the brunt of human emotion) but it looks placid (Ok...I know bears can be dangerous...) and yeah, looks a perfect candidate for a hug...a bear hug.
CONGRATULATIONS. :) 6 years ago

Wow! Thank you so much for making this magnificant bear the spotting of the day. I am thrilled. Thanks sgain!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 6 years ago

Congrats Mary!! :)

Yasser 6 years ago

Congratulations Mary! This wonderful bear has earned you Spotting of the Day honors! Thanks for sharing this and so many other great nature encounters with us. We look forward to seeing many more. Enjoy the recognition!

We've shared the news with our Facebook and Twitter friends too!


lori.tas 6 years ago

Glorious beast of a Black bear. The ones I've seen have been much much smaller. 6 years ago

Thanks SukanyaDatta and DavidMroczkowski for comment. I just loved that bear. I wanted to get out of the car and pet it because it was so beautiful.

SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Looks like a friendly neighbourhood lady looking to chat over a fence ! :) It has that kind of a look its face. Fab shot.

DavidMroczkowski 6 years ago

Very photogenic.
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Rapid City, South Dakota, USA

Spotted on Jul 8, 2015
Submitted on Jul 8, 2015

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