Big Sky Country is home to the Threatened (recently downgraded from Endangered) grizzly bear and to American black bears. Every encounter (from a safe distance, of course) with a bear is a treasured treat!
American black bears (Ursus americanus)
range throughout North American. "Black" bear is a misnomer, as American black bears can be found in colors ranging from black, reddish, cinnamon, brown, and even white.
American black bears are omnivorous and make use of a wide variety of food sources including winter kill carcasses, elk calves, rodents, grass, roots, berries, insects, pine nuts, etc.
American black bears are typically smaller than grizzly bears, but have a proportionally larger rump (black bear big butt), proportionally taller ears, and a "Roman" profile. Black bears do not have a "genuine" shoulder hump, but some larger individuals, particularly is certain postures, can give the appearance of a shoulder hump.
Black bears are excellent climbers and black bears of all ages do climb trees both to seek food and to seek safety.
All photos in this gallery depict wild & free American black bears.
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All of the photos displayed in this gallery are available for purchase. Prints (framed & unframed), stretched canvas, fotoflots, wall clings, and greeting cards are available. Print orders are fulfilled by Zenfolio/Mpix. If you don't see the size, aspect ratio, or print medium you desire, please contact me
for a custom quote to be fulfilled by me directly.
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