Black bears are North America's most familiar and common bears.
They typically live in forests and are excellent tree climbers, but
are also found in mountains and swamps. Despite their name, black
bears can be blue-gray or blue-black, brown, cinnamon, or even
(very rarely) white.
Black bears are very opportunistic eaters. Most of their diet
consists of grasses, roots, berries, and insects. They will also
eat fish and mammals—including carrion—and easily develop a taste
for human foods and garbage. Bears who become habituated to human
food at campsites, cabins, or rural homes can become dangerous and
are often killed—thus the frequent reminder: Please don't feed the
Solitary animals, black bears roam large territories, though they
do not protect them from other bears. Males might wander a 15- to
80-square-mile (39- to 207-square-kilometer) home range.
When winter arrives, black bears spend the season dormant in their
dens, feeding on body fat they have built up by eating ravenously
all summer and fall. They make their dens in caves, burrows, brush
piles, or other sheltered spots—sometimes even in tree holes high
above the ground. Black bears den for various lengths of time
governed by the diverse climates in which they live, from Canada to
Female black bears give birth to two or three blind, helpless cubs
in mid-winter and nurse them in the den until spring, when all
emerge in search of food. The cubs will stay with their very
protective mother for about two years.
NOTE: ShopTJB does not have any traps for sale that can be
used for Black Bear trapping. Please consult your local DEP
wildlife management for accepable local methods of control &
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