A blonde black bear cub walks towards my car to check out what I am doing.

The black bear (Ursus americanus) is one of the most familiar wild animals in North America today. Black bears are the smallest of the bear species in North America, but are still a bulky and thickset mammal. Approximately 150 cm (5ft) long and with a height at the shoulder that varies from 100 to 120 cm (3.25 to 4 ft). Their weight varies dramatically in the course of a year, lowest in spring, highest in late fall. Adult males typically weigh between 57-250 kg (125 and 550 lb), while females weigh 33% less at 41-109 kg (90–275 lb).

Despite their name, black bears show a great deal of color variation. Individual coat colors can range from white, blond, cinnamon, or light brown to dark chocolate brown or to jet black, with many intermediate variations existing. Bluish tinged black bears occur along a portion of coastal Alaska and British Columbia. White to cream colored black bears occur in coastal islands and the adjacent mainland of south-western British Columbia. Albino specimens have also been recorded. Black coats tend to predominate in moist areas such as New England, New York, Tennessee, Michigan and western Washington. 70% of all black bears are black, though only 50% of black bears in the Rocky Mountains are black.

Taken at Waterton Lakes National Park in Southern Alberta, Canada.

Canon EOS 50D
Focal length: 75 mm
Exposure: 1/100 at f/5.6
ISO 400
No post-processing


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I am an amateur photographer living in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

I enjoy photographing the wonders of the world around me; whether that means capturing images of animals and wildlife, scenic natural landscapes, or man-made wonders.

I travel all over Canada in pursuit of this passion and my dream is to one day be able to do this full-time.

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Alyce Taylor

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  • peaky40
    peaky40almost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture

  • Thanx Roy :)

    – Alyce Taylor

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

    Too cute… would love to cuddle him but I guess it would not end pretty !

  • LOL…probably not a good idea :)

    – Alyce Taylor

  • NewfieKeith
    NewfieKeithover 2 years ago

    Awesome Capture!!

  • Thanx Keith :)

    – Alyce Taylor

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    2012/03/25 1 Image per 24hrs

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Michael Collier
    Michael Collierover 2 years ago

    Nice shot Alyce.

  • Thanx Michael :)

    – Alyce Taylor

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