(Ursus americanus). Patient Number 22-1922.
Date of admission: December 3, 2022.
Reason for admission: Thin, porcupine encounter.
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 bears continue to inhabit much of their historical Canadian range. The 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.
Extremely thin and a muzzle and paw full of porcupine quills, this black bear cub was recently rescued and brought to AIWC for care. We don’t know why, but he is far too thin to hibernate and was struggling to survive on his own. He is being monitored by our veterinarian and we expect a full recovery. Due to the time of year and his poor body condition, he is not able to return to the wild yet and will overwinter at AIWC. He will be returned to the wild in 2023. Thank you for helping to support his care!