Can Black Bears climb
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What do you if
you find yourself this close to a bear? Do not show fear
(easier said than done!) and do not turn and
What is the only animal that black bears fear?
If you guessed Grizzlies you are right.
Best places to see a Black
-Yellowhead Highway east or west of Jasper
-Maligne Lake road or shore
-Pyramid Lake Road
-Miette Hotsprings Road
-Bow Valley Expressway
-Icefields Parkway near Saskatchewan Crossing
-Red Rock Parkway near Waterton
Can Grizzly Bears
Black Bear Cub. This is one thing you
do not want to see in the wild as a nervous,
will be close by.
Not quite as famous as the larger
Grizzly the Black Bear is still a tourist favorite to site.
A glimpse of the "Blacks" still quickens your pulse.
They are more shy of humans and bear versus human encounters
are less frequent. Watch for them in open meadows, along railway
tracks, roadsides, lakeshores, and forest trails. The best way
to spot a bear is to watch for a group of excited tourists standing
and staring at something in the distance!!
They are more likely to inhabit
forest areas but will go wherever the food is. You might see
one eating dandelions and most other food types as they are
very much omniverous. A large portion of their diet is roots,
berries and grasses. They love picking berries and can do so
with great dexterity as their lips are not attached to their
gums. They eat insects (including bees and honey), small animals
and rarely larger game (they will eat the kill of other animals
and have been known to dine on road-kill). Usually a black bear
will go after the young of big game rather than the elder animals.
They love fish.
During the winter a bear can lose 40 percent
of its body weight and will not urinate, eat or venture
out of its den for several months! For this reason a bear
needs to consume 20,000 calories of food per day in the
fall when it is packing on its fat for the winter. They
are considered "light" hibernators as they are
easily awakened and they enter hibernation slowly.
An early warm spring will bring the bears out of their
With short, sharp, curved
claws black bears are adept at climbing trees. You can
watch in the wild for tell-tale claw marks on the bark
of trees (aspens).
Best Place to NOT see a Black Bear
"Your Hotel Room Closet!!"