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North American Black Bear

Ursus americanus

  1. Not Evaluated
  2. Data Deficient
  3. Least Concern
  4. Near Threatened
  5. Vulnerable
  6. Endangered
  7. Critically Endangered
  8. Extinct in the Wild
  9. Extinct

About Us

The North American black bears living at Woburn have a 13 acre reserve, which they share with the Canadian Timber wolves. This is one of the only mixed carnivore enclosures in the UK.  Woburn has 10 bears - four males and six females with the youngest born in February 2016. All 10 bears live outside 365 days a year and will hibernate through the cold months of winter.

Black bears are North America's most familiar and common bear, typically living in forests. They can also be found in mountains and swampy regions. Despite their name, black bears can be blue-gray or blue-black, brown, cinnamon, or even (very rarely) white.

Black bears are opportunistic eaters, most of their diet consists of grasses, roots, berries, insects and fish. In captivity this diet is supplemented with nuts and specially formulated pellets.

Distribution
North America and Canada
Habitat
Forest areas
Height
5 to 6 ft (1.5 to 1.8 m) in length
Weight
200 to 600 lbs (90 to 270 kg)
Gestation Period
6 weeks
Lifespan
20 years on average in the wild
Threats
Habitat loss and hunting