Year of 2017

A black bear in the Tongass National Forest of Alaska

For the International Day of Forests, we venture up into Alaska, where the Tongass National Forest holds the distinction of being the largest national forest in the US. With 17 million acres of heavily wooded terrain, the Tongass forest supports a diverse ecosystem, including alpha predators such as this black bear, which, despite what you may’ve been told, is very capable of climbing a tree. We wonder if he can see his house from up there.

The American black bear is a medium-sized bear native to North America. It is the continent’s smallest and most widely distributed bear species. Black bears are omnivores with their diets varying greatly depending on season and location. They typically live in largely forested areas, but do leave forests in search of food. Sometimes they become attracted to human communities because of the immediate availability of food. The American black bear is the world’s most common bear species.
Scientific name: Ursus americanus
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Ursus
Notables: Winnipeg · Bruno The Bear