The American black bear is a nearly ubiquitous creature throughout North America, roaming the forests of Canada, Mexico and more than 40 states in the U.S. The smallest of the continent’s three bear species, black bears are often underappreciated compared to their larger cousins, grizzly and polar bears. However, even in an anthropocentric world, this incredibly adaptive animal is managing to expand its range—comfortably living in the woodlands near our towns and vacation cabins. Join Expedition Leader Aaron Bott to learn more about the biology and ecology of this charismatic bear species that you may have encountered on your nature adventures, or in your own backyard. Aaron shares his insider expertise as a professional government biologist responsible for protecting and managing wildlife, including black bears, across the Intermountain American West. You will gain a new appreciation for black bears and enhanced awareness of how we can coexist with these wild neighbors.
Originally presented May 21, 2021
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