Over one-third of 1,586 “black” bears observed in the North Cascades ranged from nearly white to dark brown. Regardless their color, black bears lack grizzly bears’ prominent shoulder hump and long, “rototiller” front claws. With short, curved claws like grappling hooks and powerful muscles in their rears and hind legs, black bears are agile tree climbers.
Black bears are omnivores, eating berries, roots, grasses and other plant matter, insects, small mammals, carrion and fish.
In the North Cascades you are sharing a place which is home to bears. Most people who see a bear in the wild consider it the highlight of their trip. The presence of these majestic creatures is a reminder of how privileged we are to share some of the country's dwindling wilderness. You can do your part and also reduce your risk by taking the measures described in this link.
Did You Know?
Stephen Mather Wilderness comprises 93% of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. About 400 miles of trail provide access to this rugged Wilderness.