Florida Black Bear

Ursus americanus floridanus

Florida Black Bear

Ursus americanus floridanus
Least Concern
Ursus americanus floridanus
Characteristics and Behavior:

and is found exclusively in Florida. They typically have a shorter, narrower skull and a shorter snout than their northern cousins. Their fur is generally black or dark brown and may have a patch of white on their chest. These solitary bears are quite shy and are most active at dawn and dusk. Black bears are opportunistic feeders and will eat various foods, including berries, nuts, insects, and small mammals. They are also excellent climbers and swimmers, allowing them to live in a variety of habitats throughout Florida. Overall, the Florida black bear plays an important role in Florida's ecosystem, and efforts are being made to protect their habitat and reduce human-bear conflicts to ensure their continued survival.

Habitat Preferences:
Fun Facts:
  1. The Florida black bear is the state's largest land mammal and is a subspecies of the American black bear.
  2. Despite their name, not all Florida black bears are black. Some individuals have cinnamon or blonde-colored fur.
  3. Florida black bears are known to be excellent tree climbers and will climb trees to escape predators or to rest.

Other Information

How to help

Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation

Learn more

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission