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Alabama State Mammal

Adult black bear - click to see all state mammals
Black bear photo © Roy Mac on Flickr (used by permission)
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Black Bear

Black bear video

Alabama designated the black bear as official state mammal in 1996. Black bears are very intelligent, shy, and secretive animals - actually seeing a bear in the wild is a very rare experience. Black bears (Ursus americanus) are not always black - there are cinnamon, white, beige, and "blue" (slate gray) black bears.

Adult black bears vary considerably in size, from 130 - 500 pounds (occasionally as much as 700). The black bear is omnivorous and will eat just about anything. While they prefer nuts, berries, grasses, and roots, they also eat insects and small mammals, and if nothing else is available, carrion. The black bear ranges from the far north (Alaska and northern Canada) to northern Mexico. They can run up to 30 mph and are good swimmers.

Black bear - click to see all state animals
Black bear photo © Nature's Pic's (www.naturespicsonline.com - black bear) - published under terms of Creative Commons 3.0 license. See All State Animals - Mammals.

The black Bear is a solitary creature (except females with cubs). A mating pair may stay together for one to several days, then part ways. The cubs are born in the winter during hibernation, and will remain with their mother until their second summer. When they emerge from the winter den the mother teaches the cubs which plants to eat and where to find the grubs and other insects that will supplement their diets.

Black bear cub - click to see all state mammals
Black bear cub photo © John Pennoyer - copyrighted image - contact CritterZone Animal - Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography for commercial application license (no use allowed without license
Source:
Official Alabama Mammal: ADAH Kids Symbols & Emblems
The Black Bear: EEK! Critter Corner
Black bear facts & sounds: North American Bear Center
Links:
American Black Bear fact sheet: Smithsonian's ZooGoer
All State Animals - Mammals


    

 

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