American Black Bear
Around 75% of their food comes from plants, but black bears are omnivores and eat animals as well. Nuts and acorns make up a large part of their fall diet. Black bears regularly eat insects and dead animals and occasionally kill and eat small animals like rabbits, squirrels, and fawns.
Black bears are found throughout much of Virginia and in 41 states, Canada, and Mexico. They are most often found in wooded areas with nut-producing trees.
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.
Did you Know?
Black bears are important to ecosystems because they help disperse the seeds of the plants they eat.