Jasper Alberta's Black Bears

Black Bear in April 2019 Jasper National Park Wildlife Tours(Our first Black Bear Sighting of 2019 - April 15th)

Bear Family on a Rainy Day(Black bear cubs of the Year)

(Ursus americanus) BLACK BEAR

Size of Jasper Alberta's Black Bears

  • Mass: 120 to 250 kg (256 to 550 lbs.)
    Length: 5 to 6 ft.


  • Where do Black Bears Live?

  • Wildlife living area: taiga, temperate forest & rainforest, chaparral, mountains
    Range: The black bear can be found from northern Alaska east across Canada to Labrador and Newfoundland, and south through much of Alaska, virtually all of Canada, and most of the U.S. into central Mexico (Nayarit and Tamaulipas states).


  • Tiny Bear Cubs among the Paintbrushes 2019



    New Bear Cubs of the Year in Canada's Rockies 2019



    Colors of Canadian Rockies Black Bears

    Below is a Trio of colors in one Black Bear family. Black bears come in more colors than any other North American mammal. They can be black, brown, cinnamon, blond, blue-gray, or white. The melanin in black fur makes the Bear's fur more resistant to abrasion, while light colored fur reduces heat stress in open sunlight and allows the bears to feed longer in open, food-rich habitats. Black fur dominates in areas that are mostly under forest cover, while brown, cinnamon, or blond is seen more in bears that inhabit open forest meadows. Lighter colored fur may camouflage Bears and Cubs from predators in open areas better.

    Trio of Colors in one Canadian Bear Family


    Black Bear in Jasper, Alberta

    Bear Cubs Zipping Up and Down Trees then Nursing in Jasper




    Black Bear Nursing Cubs at Dusk in the Canadian Rockies




    What do Black Bears Eat just out of Hibernation?




    Young Adult Black Bear Just out of Hibernation Eating Poplar Buds 2018




    Jasper Wildlife - Bear Cubs of the Year at Play




    Black Bear Siblings Getting Rough with Eachother


    Details on Black Bears in Jasper

  • Black bears once lived throughout most of North America, but hunting and agriculture drove them into heavily forested areas. Residual populations survive over much of the range in sparsely populated wooded regions and under protection in National parks. They are numerous and thriving.


Black bears can run up to 50km per hour while they chase prey, and they are very skillful tree climbers. Black bears can become troublesome around camps and cabins if food is left in their reach. Black bears have severely injured and sometimes even killed campers or travelers who feed them, however they are normally timid and secretive and rarely are dangerous unless wounded or cornered. They are often captured and tamed.

Front paw track ranges from 4 to 5 inches in length (10 - 13 cm); human-like rear track is from 6 to 9 inches in length (15 - 18 cm). Black Bear tracks can be differentiated from the Grizzly Bear by evidence of smaller claw markings in the Black Bear print.




black bear tracks - Jasper Wildlife
Black Bear Tracks



Human - Black Bear Conflicts

» Human Fatalities from Bear Attacks in North America