American Black Bear

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  1.   1.  Description
    1.   1.1  Food
    2.   1.2  Habitat
  2.   2.  Speech
  3.   3.  Uses
  4.   4.  More
  5.   5.  'Souls
    1.   5.1  Bear Characters
Common Name American Black Bear
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Black bear Bear Bear cub
Bear Bear
Running bear
Standing bear

1.  Description

Adult males typically weigh between 57–250 kg (130–550 lb), while females weigh 33% less at 41–170 kg (90–370 lb). Despite their name, black bears show a great deal of color variation. Individual coat colors can range from white, blond, cinnamon, or light brown to dark chocolate brown or to jet black, with many intermediate variations existing.

Sounds expressing aggression include growls, woofs, snorts, bellows and roars. Sounds expressing contentment include mumbles, squeaks and pants. American black bears tend to be territorial and non-gregarious in nature. Black bears are excellent and strong swimmers, doing so for pleasure and to feed (largely on fish). Black bears climb regularly to feed, escape enemies or to hibernate.

Speed: 30 mph / 48.3 km per hour

1.1  Food

Black bears are omnivores with their diets varying greatly depending on season and location. Up to 85% of the black bear's diet consists of vegetation. Some of the black bear's animal diet consists of insects and their larvae. Black bear predation on adult deer is rare but has been recorded. They may even hunt prey up to the size of adult moose, which are considerably larger than themselves, by ambushing them.

Over much of their range, black bears are assured scavengers who, using their large size and considerable strength, can intimidate and, if necessary, dominate other predators in confrontations over carcasses.

1.2  Habitat

They typically live in largely forested areas, but do leave forests in search of food. They are often found in areas with relatively inaccessible terrain, thick understory vegetation and large quantities of edible material. Prime habitat consists of a forest canopy of hardwoods such as beech, Maple, and Birch, and coniferous species.

2.  Speech

According to our Speech Guide, this creature speaks High Speech naturally. It is therefore able to communicate with Luperci -- however, keep in mind that speech can be complicated by differences in vocal sounds (e.g., a Whale will sound much different from a Bear, even when both are speaking high speech).

3.  Uses

  • Attacks on canines should be rare -- however, young canines may be susceptible to attack
  • Pelt and fur
  • Food: Black bear meat had historically been held in high esteem among North America's indigenous people and colonists.

4.  More

5.  'Souls

5.1  Bear Characters

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