Black Bears

Black Bears (Ursus Americanus) reside at the zoo sanctuary. Black bears come in more colors than any other North American mammal. They can be black, brown, blond and cinnamon.

While California’s other native bear, the grizzly, was hunted to extinction, black bears are widespread. Generally found in timber and brush areas, they are intelligent and very strong. Although they are members of the carnivora order, black bears are omnivores. They eat grass, flowers, leaves, seeds, nuts, berries, fish, eggs, ants, small animals, and carrion. Like Pooh, they are fond of honey and will raid wild bee nests, eating the honey, honeycomb, bees and high protein larvae.


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