Do Black Bears Hibernate? Amerian Black Bear Facts for Kids

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  • Black bears are mammals.
  • They live in the U.S including Alaska, Canada and Mexico.
  • Black bears are the most common bear in the U.S.
  • There are over 300,000 black bears in the U.S.
  •  A black bear’s fur can also be dark brown, light brown and a species of black bear in Canada has bluish-white fur.
  • Black bears are the most common bears found in the U.S.
  • Black bears are omnivores meaning they eat both plants and meat.
  • Black bears eat grasses, roots, berries, insects, fish, honey, carrion (dead fish), sometimes small deer.  Black bears are also known to eat food out of garbage cans.
  • Black bears are found in almost all forests in the U.S.  They may also live in mountains or swamps.
  • Black bears are stay to themselves and don’t usually interact with other bears.
  • Black bears can live to be 20 years old.
  • They are 5ft-7ft long and 2ft-3ft tall.
  • Black bears weight between 200-600 pounds.
  • They have sharp claws that help them climb trees.
  • Black bears have a great sense of smell.
  • They can swim.
  • Black bears are able to stand and walk on their hind legs.
  • Female black bears are smaller than males.
  • Black bears have many layers of fur to keep them warm.
  • Black bears can run 40 miles per hour.
  • A baby black bear is called a cub.
  • Cubs are born in January or Febuary.
  • Mother bears usually give birth to 2-3 cubs but can have up to 6.
  • Cubs are about 1 pound when they are born.
  • Cubs are born blind and without hair.
  • They stay with their moms for two years.
  • Most black bears hibernate from November through March.
  • Black bears hibernate in dens located in empty tree trunks, caves or under logs.
  • Black bears may not hibernate in states with warmer climates who have a good food supply all winter.
  • While hibernating bears live off stored fats in their body from the food they ate during the year.