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The Bear Facts
  • Bears are very intelligent, are extremely curious and have good long-term memory.
  • Black Bears are long-lived animals with an average life span of about 18 years.
  • Black bears come in a number of colors, including black, brown, cinnamon and blond.
  • Bears can see just as well as humans and can also see relatively well at night.
  • Bears have a well-developed sense of hearing.
  • Bears have an extraordinary sense of smell, 100 times that of a human, and can detect odours over a mile away.
  • Bears can run up to 50 km per hour, and can also run extremely well downhill or uphill.
  • Bears are very strong swimmers.
  • Black bears prefer forested areas with low-growing plants and berry-producing shrubs.
  • Caloric intake for a bear preparing for denning/per day is greater than 20,000 calories, and black bear feeding can occur for up to 20 hours per day.
  • Black Bears are the most widely distributed bear species in North America and it is estimated that there are about 1,000,000 black bears across the continent.

Bear Essentials Program Home

 Effectively Managing Bear Attractants

 Bear Encounters & Reporting Sightings

 Being Bear Aware on Local Trails

 The Bear Essential Seminar

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Last updated: 15/02/2016 1:07:29 PM