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May 15, 2012

Facts about Black Bears in California

Facts about Black Bears
  • The only species of bears in California are black bears. However, they do range in color from blonde to black, with cinnamon brown being the most common color.
  • There are an estimated 25,000 to 35,000 black bears in California.
  • Black bears will seek to avoid confrontation with humans. If encountered, always leave them an escape route.
  • Males are much larger than females and can weigh over 500 pounds, although average weight is about 300 pounds.
  • Black bears can sprint up to 35 mph and they are strong swimmers and great tree climbers.
  • A typical wild bear diet consists of berries, plants, nuts, roots, honey, honeycomb, insects, larvae, carrion and small mammals.
  • As winter approaches, bears will forage for food up to 20 hours a day, storing enough fat to sustain them through hibernation. Bears often hibernate in large hollow trees 40 to 60 feet off the ground.
  • Bears that are accustomed to people can become too bold and lose their fear of humans.
  • For more information including bear-proof containers and where to buy them, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/bear.html.
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