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Florida black bear

Florida Black Bear URSUS AMERICANUS FLORIDANUS

Florida black bears are the largest land mammals in Florida! Do your part to help keep bears from getting hurt in our communities by waiting until the morning to put your trash out or getting a bear-resistant trashcan. Learn more here.

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ORIGIN:
North America

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HABITAT:
Forested lands and swamps

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
125–400 lbs.
Height: 2–4 ft. (shoulder height)

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DIET:
Fruit, flowers, insects, honey and small animals such as armadillos, rabbits or raccoons

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PREDATORS:
Cubs are vulnerable to bobcats, coyotes, cougars and other bears

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Large teeth, non-retractable claws, running and climbing abilities

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REPRODUCTION:
8–12-week gestation; sexually mature at 3–4 yrs

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THREATS:
Habitat loss, hunting, road accidents

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 30 yrs in human care

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