A young black bear (Ursus americanus) foraging near Mendenhall Glacier Park just outside of Juneau, on the Alaska mainland in Southeast Alaska, USA. Pacific Ocean This young bear is probably only recently weaned from its mother. The Alaskan black bear has its own sub-species name: Ursus americanus emmonsii. The black bear usually ranges in length from 150 to 180 cm (5 to 6 feet) and typically stands about 76 to 91 cm (2.5 to 3 feet) at the shoulder. Standing up on its hind feet, a black bear can be up to 7 feet tall (2.12 m). Males are 33%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% larger than females. Females weigh between 40 and 180 kg (90 and 400 pounds); males weigh between 115 and 275 kg (250 and 600 pounds). Adult black bears can reach 300 kg (660 pounds), but exceptionally large males have been recorded from the wild at up to 240 cm (95 inches) long and at least 365 kg (800 pounds). Today, a major threat to the black bears is poaching, or illegal killing, to supply Asian markets with bear galls, hearts, and paws, considered to have medicinal value in China, Japan, and Korea.


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A young black bear (Ursus americanus) foraging near Mendenhall Glacier Park just outside of Juneau, on the Alaska mainland in Southeast Alaska, USA. Pacific Ocean This young bear is probably only recently weaned from its mother. The Alaskan black bear has its own sub-species name: Ursus americanus emmonsii. The black bear usually ranges in length from 150 to 180 cm (5 to 6 feet) and typically stands about 76 to 91 cm (2.5 to 3 feet) at the shoulder. Standing up on its hind feet, a black bear can be up to 7 feet tall (2.12 m). Males are 33%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% larger than females. Females weigh between 40 and 180 kg (90 and 400 pounds); males weigh between 115 and 275 kg (250 and 600 pounds). Adult black bears can reach 300 kg (660 pounds), but exceptionally large males have been recorded from the wild at up to 240 cm (95 inches) long and at least 365 kg (800 pounds). Today, a major threat to the black bears is poaching, or illegal killing, to supply Asian markets with bear galls, hearts, and paws, considered to have medicinal value in China, Japan, and Korea.
Credit to: BluePlanetArchive / Michael S. Nolan

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