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December 12, 2011


October 15, 2011


October 15, 2011

Excellent work… Congratulations Animal Photo Of The Week ! Editors Choice October 10th to October 16th 2011

It was all bears day. As we drove down the highway connecting Banff and Jasper we came across a couple of year old bears traveling together. They disappeared and we thought we were done with photos when suddenly one of them appeared climbing about 25 ft up a huge poplar tree. He began feasting on the pollen pods like they were candy. You always hear folks say that if they were being chased by a bear they’d just climb a tree …. well forget that strategy as this guy basically just ran up that tree like he was walking on flat ground. We were amazed!

Banff -Jasper Highway , Alberta Canada
Canon Rebel XSI. Canon Lens 100 – 400 mm

- My thanks to blueplanetbiomes

*American Black Bear
Genus: Ursus
Species: americanus

The American Black Bear, like most bears, lack the distinctive shoulder hump that the Grizzly Bear has. This bear can run up to 25 miles per hour, which is very quick for its 220-594 pound body. Their feet relate to humans, because they touch the ground in a “heel, toe, heel, toe, etc.” pattern. They have rounded ears, a short stubby tail, and short claws that are useful in climbing trees. The American Black Bear is usually black but can have phases of brown,
cinnamon, beige and even a bluish- white. The length of this bear’s body is usually 5-6 feet from nose to tail and 32-38 inches from paw to the top of its shoulder. They live in most of North America.

The female black bear reaches sexual maturity 4-5 years after birth, while the male reaches maturity 5-6 years after birth, they usually have 2 or 3 young. Their mating season is in the summer and they will give birth to their young in January or February. The cubs are blind at birth and weigh 8_ ounces to 11_ ounces. The males do not help raise the cubs, but leave to mate again like most other bear species. The Mother bear can be quite territorial if it involves her cubs. For example, if any animal gets between she and her cubs, she will relentlessly attack it until it is dead. The average black bear lives up 25 years.

The black bear’s coat is well adapted to the cold weather of winter because of its many layers of shaggy fur. Its claws are also very adapted to its environment, this is because they are just the right length to climb the many trees that surround its forest home. This bear also hibernates to avoid having to find food in the winter.

Like most animals the Black Bear looks for food with the highest nutritional value. They will eat virtually anything, but 75% of its diet is made up plants and other vegetation, while the other 25% is made up of, carcasses, honey, small mammals and insects.

The black bear, like all bears, is a predator, and an omnivore. The black bear helps the environment by killing off the elderly, and weaklings of over populated prey. The black bear is not endangered and is widely distributed throughout most of North America.*

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I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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Comments

  • GittiArt
    GittiArtover 3 years ago

    Fantastic shot!!!!

  • thank you for the great comment and fave! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    What a marvellous capture, Leslie! A beautiful bear, indeed. And a very interesting read, too. So no climbing the trees to escape. And I guess whacking one with a rolled up newspaper is pretty futile, too, eh? :o)

  • Many thanks for the terrific comment my friend. As to how to deter them …. stay out of their way I think is the best way LOL They move so fast Mike it was unbelievable and I sure wouldn’t want to have one annoyed with me. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 3 years ago

    it’s a beautiful capture sis, I love the look on it’s face as if it wonder if you are still there with your long lens

  • Sure was gad for that long lens Sis. This guy proved just how fast and easy these fellas can move. Thanks so much. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • deb cole
    deb coleover 3 years ago

    Nom nom…what a sweetheart! He looks totally absorbed in his snack! Great write up and marvellous capture, Leslie!! :o)

  • Many many thanks Deb. He’s looks sweet Deb but did you notice his lovely claws …… However he was really enjoying his snack. Plus I learned a thing or too myself. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 3 years ago

    Have you enter the challenge here on American Rural, Urban, Wild and Free. This week it is Wild animals.
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  • Cianna I really appreciate the heads up and have entered.Thanks for stopping in. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Leslie

  • Larry thank you for the great comment and the wonderful Banner :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 3 years ago

    A wonderful capture.

  • Don I so appreciate you stopping in and leaving this lovely comment :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    23 September 2011 – 1 image per day

  • Konstantinos many thanks for accepting my art and the Banner! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisover 3 years ago

    Beautifully clear shot of the black bear,,,great job getting it,,,, Rick

  • Many thanks for your great comment Rick. I was so excited to see the guy and be able to capture with the big lens! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 3 years ago

    Leslie what a terriffic shot of this great wild animal,

  • Hi Malcolm thanks for the super comment! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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