Interesting Facts About Black Bears: Dispelling Myths About Bears

Bears have been unfairly demonized for several decades. Exaggerated perceptions of risk historically led to eradication campaigns using poison, bounties, trapping, poison, and shooting. Bears have interested humans for millennia.
The American black bear is a common medium-sized bear that has lived in North America for many years. It’s the smallest and most broadly distributed bear species of the continent. Black bears are mainly omnivores with their diets changing significantly based on location and season. They primarily live in forested zones, but leave forests when searching for food. Sometimes they’re attracted to some human communities due to the immediate accessibility of food.
It’s been classified by IUCN as ‘least concern’ species, because of its extensive distribution and a huge global population believed to be twice that of other bear species combined. Along with a brown bear, it’s one of only 2 of the 8 modern bear species not regarded internationally threatened with the extinction by IUCN. American black bears usually mark different trees using their claws and teeth as a kind of communication with other bears, a habit common to several species of bears.
bear1Traditionally, black bears did occupy the most of the North America’s forested zones. Currently, they’re primarily limited to sparsely populated, forested regions. Black bears now occupy much of their famous Canadian range, although they seldom happen in the southern farmlands of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta; they’ve disappeared in Prince Edward Island since 1937. The overall Canadian black bear population ranges between 396,000 and 476,000, according to surveys conducted in the mid-1990s in 7 Canadian provinces, even though this approximation omits black bear populations in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, and Northwest Territories. All provinces showed stable populations of black bears over the previous decade.
The present range of black bears in the US is constant all over many northeast, and down in the Appalachian Mountains nearly continuously from Maine to the Rocky Mountains region, North Georgia, the West Coast, Alaska and the northern Midwest. Nonetheless, it becomes progressively fragmented or missing in other parts. On the other hand, black bears in those regions seem to have enlarged their range during the previous decade, like with latest sightings in Ohio, although these probably don’t signify constant breeding populations yet. Surveys conducted from the 35 states in the early 1990s show that black bears are either increasing or stable, except in New Mexico and Idaho. The total population of black bears in the US has been approximated to range between 339,000 and 465,000, but this excludes populations from Idaho, Alaska, Texas, South Dakota, and Wyoming, whose population sizes are unidentified.
As one of the most versatile and adaptable mammals on earth, their behavior stirs awe, fear, curiosity, and wonder in us. Unfortunately, there are still several myths surrounding the behavior and lives of bears which negatively influence our relationships with them. It is essential to dispel both myths-the one based on fear, and the other based on an entirely misplaced belief which bears are tame cuddly animals. Bears are brilliant and resourceful wild mammals which deserve our respect. A greater knowledge of ecology, habitat, and behavior needs of bears is necessary if we learn to co-exist peacefully with these superb creatures. Here are six dispelling myths about bears:
1. Bears are unpredictable
Fact: Bears use vocalizations and body language to show their intentions.
2. Bears cannot run down hill
Fact: Bears can run at 60 kilometers an hour, and they can do it down hills, up hills, or along a slope.
3. A bear always standing on its hind legs is almost to charge
Fact: Actually, a bear standing on its hind legs is only trying to identify what has caught its attention.
4. Once any bear tastes human food, he will not eat wild food anymore
Fact: Bears like natural, wild food unless it is hard to find and human food is very easy to get.
5. Bears are carnivores.
Fact: even though classified in the order Carnivora, black bears are omnivores since they eat both animals and plants.
6. Bears have poor eyesight
Fact: Bears can see color and have good vision same to humans.

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