Ursus americanus

   The black bear is the smallest, most abundant, and widespread bear in North America. Averaging 200-300 lbs (90-140 kg), black bears are excellent tree climbers thanks to their small size and short, grappling hook-like claws. Despite their name, there are many color variations of black bear including: black, cinnamon, white (Kermode), blue-gray, or blonde. 

   Black bears are omnivorous, eating different plants and animals such as berries, grass, insects, fish, small mammals, carrion, and the occasional deer. If the opportunity arises, black bears will also take advantage of unsecured trash bins or improperly stored food.