I was happy to be able to catch this shot of this Black Bear while in Montebello, Quebec...Seeing these amazing animals is awesome especially so closeup like this. I hope to be able to get more photos of them next time I go..perhaps in winter. ;) I'd like to see them frolicking around in the snow ;) This photo isn't cropped ;) but it was late in the day when we saw them.
"Mother black bears are notoriously protective of their cubs, who stay with their mothers for about two years."
"The lips of the black bear, unlike those of other animals, are free from the gums, and the bear can use them and a long, agile tongue to eat such foods as tiny blueberries and ants."
"The eyesight of the black bear is relatively poor, but its senses of hearing and smell are well developed. A startled animal will usually attempt to get downwind from an intruder and stand up on its hind legs to smell and try to identify the source of danger. Under favourable atmospheric conditions and at considerable distances, bears can detect carrion, or the flesh of dead animals, which they scavenge."
HOW BIG ARE BLACK BEARS?
"Adults weigh 150 lbs. and up, although some black bears up to 800 pounds have been recorded in Louisiana and Pennsylvania, and one weighing 880 pounds in North Carolina. Adult females usually weigh up to 200 pounds, adult males usually weigh up to 650 pounds. They normally stand 3 feet tall at the shoulder on all fours. They may grow about 6 feet long They may stand six to ten feet tall upright."