What Do Black Bears Hunt?

If you have been to Yellowstone, you probably did not go back home without passing through Yellowstone Bear World. If you haven’t, you’ll want to be sure to stop at this must-see attraction next time. You will get to see rocky mountain goats, mule deer, moose, whitetail deer, bison, and other wildlife. Most important, you will get to learn about Yellowstone Bears. Call to book your appointment today to see and understand the lives of these wonderful creatures. In this article, we take a closer look at the black bears. What is their habitat? Also, what do black bears hunt?

Characteristics of black bears

Black bears are a common species but have been considered as threatened in North America. In fact, some states

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like Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana have put measures to protect their existence. You can easily differentiate them from other species of bears because they have flat shoulders and a straight face. Their ears are also pointed out. As the name suggests, most of them have black fur color. However, the color could go to chocolate brown with a mix of grey. They are shy but intelligent.

Watching these species, together with the others, will make your holiday a memorable one. Like all the other animals, they must find food and water to stay alive and healthy. Females have to find food for themselves and save some for their cubs. If they are in a park, they will be provided with sufficient food to remain healthy. If they are out in the world, they will have to hunt for survival.

What do black bears hunt?

Bears are adapted like human beings. That is, they are omnivorous too. This means that they can feed on other animal’s flesh and plants. Their diet heavily depends on the season where they eat sprouting plants more in spring and turn to hunt in summer. Most bears prefer having insects, fish, berries, grain, birds, and mammals. They are referred to as ferocious killers and hunters because of their ability to kill for food. A bear can hunt down and kill an adult moose. Their victim will have claw marks all over the body, mauling marks around the hind, and a bite to the neck which kills them. Because they spend days eating a moose, the bears will cover and guard the carcass to keep coming back until it’s finished.

Apart from biting the prey on the neck to kill, their forepaw is very strong and could easily kill an animal by breaking their spine. They begin feeding on the chest and head down to the hips of their carcass. Black bears are also known to hunt and kill large deer for food. Like the moose, they will feed on the carcass for several days. You can easily notice they have been around by seeing droppings, destroyed anthills, and resting spots.

 

Visit Yellowstone Bear World

Make it an objective this holiday to visit Yellowstone Bear World to see a wide range of wildlife. As the common saying goes, patience pays. If you spend time observing, you will spot lots of black and grizzly bears in this habitat. The probability increases if you make your tour early or late in the day as this is the time they are most active. Call the offices at 208-359-9688 to schedule a tour today.

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