How Fast Can a Black Bear Run?
A black bear can run at speeds of 35pmh which is around 56.3km/h. The general black bear and subspecies information on this page refers to the North American black bear, to see information on Asian black bears just click the blue link. The body of an American black bear is around 1.5-2 meters long which is about 4.9-6.6 feet. The North American black bear is around 0.7-0.9 meters tall at the shoulder which is about 2.3-3 feet. As for weight, a male American black bear can weigh anywhere from 70-272kg which is about 154-600 pounds. A female American black bear can weigh anywhere from 40-170kg which is about 88-375 pounds. Black bears see in color and have excellent night vision. Black bears also have an excellent sense of smell. Unlike grizzlies and brown bears, black bears don't have that distinctive shoulder hump. A black bears claws are shorter than the claws of a grizzly. The claws of a black bear are around 4cm which is about 1.6 inches long. Black bears are good at climbing trees and they are also good swimmers. As for diet, black bears eat things like roots, fruits, insects, fish, honey, smaller mammals, and carrion. As for lifespan, a black bear can live over 25 years in the wild. There are many subspecies of black bear. Some of the subspecies of the American black bear are the Kermode bear and the glacier bear. Even though they are called black bears their fur can come in other colors like brown, blue, and on Princess Royal Island in British Columbia 1 in 10 black bears are white. The ones on Princess Royal Island where 1 in 10 are born with white fur are Kermode bears. Kermode bears are not albino, they have white fur because of a recessive gene. Glacier bears are the black bears born with silvery blue fur. Glacier bears in the wild are found in Southeast Alaska. Most glacier bears in Southeast Alaska are found in Glacier Bay National Park. Even though breeding begins in the spring and early summer, the fertilization of the egg is delayed until November or December. The gestation period for a black bear is around 235 days. A black bear will have 1-6 offspring. The offspring of a black bear are referred to as cubs.