The American Black Bear
A picture of West Virginia's largest wild animal. The black bear has made a nice comeback in WV. For many years the black bear population was low and sightings were rare.
Black bears are normally harmless to humans. They usually run in fear when they spot vehicles or humans. They are very fast and powerful running on the ground and excellent tree climbers.
Bears are normally loners except during breeding season and sleep most of the winter by using stored body fat. They eat birds, insects, berries and small game if needed. They also have been known to get into bird feeders, during spring. In West Virginia, the only enemy of black bear are human.
Photos submitted by: Jeff Craig
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