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Common Name: Black Bear




Scientific Name:
Ursus americanus  

Woodlands with dense brushy cover and proximity to water.

Omnivorous - diet is dictated by seasonal availability of foods
but includes fruit, insects, small mammals, and carrion.

Interesting Facts:
The black bear is not a true hibernator like the woodchuck. Although it goes through a period of dormancy,
it does not lower its respiration, heart rate, or body temperature in the manner that defines true hibernation.

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