American Black Bear

Historic & Current Distribution

As you can see from the following map, the American black bear's range has dwindled significantly. It has lost over 60% of its range. The light grey areas represent its historic distribution which included most of the United States and large parts of Canada and Mexico.

The majority of states consider habitat loss and loss of contiguous travel corridors as majors threats to the species. For example, the Florida black bear and other wildlife will lose 2.3 million acres of habitat by 2060.

Limited public knowledge of bear biology and characteristics is also seen as a threat.

The black bear is called the 'American Black Bear' because of its presence throughout North America.


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