(Ursus americanus). Patient Number 21-292 and 21-293.
Date of admission: May 26, 2021.
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.
These twin black bear cubs, both female, were brought to AIWC for care after their mother was killed. Both cubs thrived over the summer and were raised with two other orphaned cubs. They were released back to the wild in October 2021 and have already denned for the winter. Thank you for helping us to keep them forever wild!