The black bear is the most common and widely distributed bear species in North America. However, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is one of the few areas south on Canada where black bears and grizzly bears exist in the same habitat. Black bear sighting in the park are much more common than grizzly bears, and black bears have become a symbol of the park in the same way Old Faithful has.
In Yellowstone only about half of the black bears appear black in color, while the other half are blond brown and cinnamon. Black bears differ in appearance from grizzly bears in size, with black bears being smaller, and black bears lack the hump on the neck. Black bears eat almost anything including grass, fruits, tree cambium, eggs, insects, fish, elk calves, and carrion. Black bears have curved claws that allow them to climb trees, but they cannot dig for food sources as well as the grizzly bear can
Males and females without cubs are solitary animals with the exception of mating season which occurs from May to early July . Birth of the cubs occurs mid January to early February, actually occurring during the bears hibernation period. during this time the bear will become semiconscious for the birth and the cubs are born blind toothless, and nearly hairless. After Delivers the mother continues to sleep for another two months while the cubs nurse and sleep.
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There were no wolves in Yellowstone in 1994. The wolves that were reintroduced in 1995 and 1996 thrived and there are now over 300 of their descendents living in the Greater Yellowstone Area.