(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.
- 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).
- Black bears are usually black in color, although it may be brown, reddish, yellowish, or cream-colored. It once lived throughout most of North America, but hunting and agriculture drove them into heavily forested areas, where about 75,000 to 80,000 survive. Residual populations survive over much of the range in sparsely populated wooded regions and under protection in National parks. They are numerous and thriving.
Where do Black Bears Live?
Bear Cubs Zipping Up and Down Trees then Nursing in Jasper
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
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