A list of bear species found in North America


Animal-like American bear culture. Sports celebrate bears. Bear attack coverage interests us. North American bears include Black, Brown, and Polar. 

Black Bears

North American woodlands had black bears. Reduced range due to habitat destruction, hunting, etc. Black bears live in various northern, coastal, and Rocky Mountain forests east to west.

Smallest are North American black bears. Good-nosed omnivores follow their nose. Foresters eat mice, bark, and mushrooms. Black bears eat neighbourhoods, cornfields, and campsites.

Brown Bears

The brown bear Ursus arctos is native to North America, Europe, Russia, and Asia. US brown bear populations fell in the 20th century.

Habitat makes brown bears bigger than black bears. Alaska's brown bear population, or Kodiak Bear, is the largest in the U.S. Males can exceed 5' and 1000 lbs.

Polar Bear

Polar bears camouflage with white fur. In the Arctic, their coat can pass for a snow drift. The polar bear's skin is dark and its hairs are hollow.

Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus) are the largest bears. Polar bears usually eat seals. Climate change is stressing polar bear numbers.

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