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American black bear (captive)

Ursus americanus


(Ursus americanus) is a medium-sized bear native to North America. It is the continent's smallest and most widely distributed bear species. Black bears are omnivores with their diets varying greatly depending on season and location. The American black bear is the world's most common bear species. It is listed by the IUCN as Least Concern, due to the species' widespread distribution and a large global population estimated to be twice that of all other bear species combined. Along with the brown bear, it is one of only two of the eight modern bear species not considered globally threatened with extinction by the IUCN. American black bears often mark trees using their teeth and claws as a form of communication with other bears, a behavior common to many species of bears


They typically live in largely forested areas, but do leave forests in search of food. Sometimes they become attracted to human communities because of the immediate availability of food.


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RickBohler 8 years ago

Thanks Sarah :)

sarah in the woods
sarah in the woods 8 years ago

Beautiful picture!

RickBohler 8 years ago

Thanks for the great compliment Frederic my friend.

Frederic Ansermoz
Frederic Ansermoz 8 years ago

Great shot, colors, framing and dop.

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