(Ursus americanus). Patient Number 19-1472.
Date of admission: December 3rd, 2019.
Reason for admission: Orphaned.
The American Black Bear is the most widely distributed bear species in North America, and is the world’s most common bear species. American Black Bear continue to inhabit much of their historical Canadian range. Preferred habitat consists of sparsely settled hardwood forested areas. American Black Bears are omnivores, but up to 85% of their diet consists of vegetation.
When emerging from hibernation in the spring, black bears will feed on carrion and newborn ungulates. During the summer, they will feed on honey and a variety of plant species with their diet consisting primarily of fruits and berries. During the autumn months, black bears actively search out nuts. Their preferred varieties include hazelnuts, acorns, and pine nuts.
This male bear cub was brought to AIWC for care after he was found all alone, out of hibernation, and in extremely poor body condition. We suspect he had been orphaned. As he was so underweight, it was not likely, or safe, for him to go into hibernation. Instead, he remained quite active at AIWC and gradually gained weight. He nearly tripled in size during his time with us. On intake, he weighed a mere 9.32kg and at release he was 33.40kg!
Thanks to your support, this cub was returned back to the wild in May 2020. Thank you for helping us to keep him forever wild!