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Can Black Bears climb trees?
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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 run.

Black Bear

What is the only animal that black bears fear? 
If you guessed Grizzlies you are right.

Black Bear

Best places to see a Black Bear;
-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

Black Bear Prints


Can Grizzly Bears climb trees?

Black Bear
Black Bear Cub. This is one thing you
do not want to see in the wild as a nervous,
protective mother 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.

Black Bear
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 dens early.

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

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