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Black Bear

black bear

NPS/Saguaro national park

Black Bear (Ursus americanus)

Black bear are found only in the higher elevations of the Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park. They normally inhabit forested areas but will come down to lower elevations in extremely dry years to search for food and water. These mostly mild-mannered omnivores will usually amble away when humans are encountered. Humans should take care to properly store food and trash out of reach when living in or visiting areas with bears. A bear that associates humans as suppliers of food can become dangerous!

Total length: 54 - 72in (137 - 183cm)

Weight: 250 - 500lbs (120 - 240kg)

Diet: Fruits, berries, acorns, shoots, roots, bulbs, insects, rodents and rabbits

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Fire

Buffelgrass burns at 1300-1600 F, hot enough to melt aluminum and the fire can travel near the speed of the wind. Even in moderate weather, it can travel at 2-3 mph with 12-18 ft flame lengths, making it a real threat to the lives of firefighters