The adult black bear enclosure is home to the more mature and larger bears at Bearizona, including Big Dan, the poster boy of the park. Black bears are the least endangered of the 8 bear species, but their abundance can cause conflicts with people. This often occurs due to people intentionally feeding wild bears, but can also be caused unintentionally by people leaving food out for their pets, hanging bird feeders, or not securing their garbage.
The Eight (8) Bear Species of the World
Fossil records and historical data indicate that at one time there may have been hundreds of bear species worldwide, on all continents except Antarctica and Australia. Below you will find a photo and a brief description of each of the other seven species. For additional information, see the Additional Reading page. For complete listings and criteria, please visit www.
Hibernation and Behavior
The brown bear Ursus arctos is a large bear species found across Eurasia and North America. It is one of the largest living terrestrial members of the order Carnivora , rivaled in size only by its closest relative, the polar bear Ursus maritimus , which is much less variable in size and slightly bigger on average. While the brown bear's range has shrunk, and it has faced local extinctions across its wide range, it remains listed as a least concern species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN with a total estimated population in of , As of [update] , this and the American black bear are the only bear species not classified as threatened by the IUCN, though the large sizes of both bears may be a disadvantage due to increased competition with humans. Many of the populations in the southern parts of Eurasia are highly endangered as well. The brown bear is sometimes referred to as the bruin , from Middle English. This name originated in the fable History of Reynard the Fox translated by William Caxton from Middle Dutch bruun or bruyn , meaning brown the color. Brown bears are thought to have evolved from Ursus etruscus in Asia. Brown bears entered Europe about , years ago and North Africa shortly after.
This medium-sized bear is usually black with a brown muzzle, lacks a shoulder hump, and often has a white patch on the chest. Although black is the predominant color, chocolate and cinnamon brown color phases are also common, which often results in people confusing them with brown bears. Black bears with white and pale-blue coats known respectively as Kermode and glacier bears also occur in small numbers. Kermode bears are found along the north-central coast of British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory, Canada.