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Canadian Black Bear The Canadian Black Bear There are 8 kinds of bears Ursus in the world but I chose the North American Black bear Ursus americanus I will be covering general information about the bear such as their size weight color food etc but I will concentrate mainly on the hibernating cycle of the black bear There are from 400000 to 75000 black bears in North America and they weigh from 130 to 660 pounds with a body length of 50 to 75 inches Their colors vary from black chocolate brown cinnamon brown pale blue known as glacier bears to white Black bears will often have a brown muzzle and may have a lighter color patch on its chest Its feet are equipped with strong highly curved claws Theyre omnivores eating nuts berries fruits insects especially ants deer and moose fawns carrion and in coastal areas on spawning salmon Their habitat includes forests with occasional open areas such as meadows They occupy all of Canada starting from the tree line going south They live in all provinces and territories except Prince Edward Island where heavy de-forestation has happened and preferably away from brown bears larger competitors The only main risk for black bears are poachers who sell their parts illegally to the Asian medicinal market In northern areas of Canada the bear undergoes a remarkable metabolic transformation as it prepares for hibernation Hibernation is an energy-saving process bears have developed to let them survive for long periods when there is insufficient food available to maintain their body mass When they stop eating and become increasingly lethargic the bear will enter a cave dig out a den or hole up in a dense brush pile hollow log or tree cavity and hibernate Right before it does this it starts to gain weight so it can survive the long months ahead It can gain as much as 30 pounds per week The bear hibernates between
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