The scientific name for the black bear is Ursus Americanus. American black bears can be found all across North America, from Alaska down to Mexico.
Black bears are covered in thick black hair and have round ears, long snouts and short tails. Males are referred to as boars and can reach a weight of up to 300 pounds. Females are called sows and only grow to be between 100 and 175 pounds. After they reach sexual maturity, females mate every other year and often have twins. The black bear diet consists of small mammals, grasses, flowers, fruit, grubs and insects.Learn More
Most, but not all, bears have 42 teeth, which include 12 incisors, four canines, 10 molars and 16 premolars. Bears are usually omnivores, meaning they eat plants and meats.Full Answer >
Female polar bears are called sows. The male of the species is called a boar, and their young are called cubs. Male and female polar bears only interact during mating season.Full Answer >
Although the largest subspecies of gorilla, the mountain gorilla, has incredible physical strength, a powerful bite and the use of hands, it would have little chance against a grizzly bear in a hypothetical confrontation. A grizzly weighs approximately twice as much as a gorilla and has great strength as well.Full Answer >
Climate change affects polar bears in many negative ways, including decreased access to food, lower survival rates for cubs, damages to polar bear dens and a decrease in overall polar bear population. Many scientists point to climate change as the largest threat to polar bears.Full Answer >