by Adam Mathieson
WHERE THEY LIVE
For winter the bear prefers small caves, crevices or dens beneath falls or blow downs.
Full grown Black Bears stay out of each other's territories. They know where another bear's territory is because the bear marks its territory by scratching on the tree bark.
Black bears feed on different types of berries, such as blackberries, strawberries and other kinds. It may sound weird but black bears know how to pick berries with their paws. Black bears also eat fish. During the spring they mainly feed on grasses.
Some of the enemies are cougar, another bear and of course, HUNTERS!!
When a mother goes to find a new mate, the young ones leave. (This happens when they are about two years old, in midsummer).Usually a brother and brother, or a sister and brother, etc , will stay with each other for the rest of the summer. Sometimes they even share a den for the winter.
Black Bears have a great sense of smell and their sense of smell is even better when their noses are wet ! They have exceptional hearing but only average eyesight.
Some of the Black Bear's family members are the Brown Bear, Grizzly Bear, Kodiak Bear and Polar Bear.
Did you know that there are 40,000 Black Bears in Alberta?
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