Thursday, April 03, 2008

Black Bear Display

We are excited to announce our newest display at the Hansen Nature Center- a black bear! The mount was generously donated by George and Dolores Schott of Pittsford. This display is especially great to have after we had sightings of black bear around Monroe County- including Henrietta last summer.

The black bear is extremely adaptable and shows a great variation in habitat types, though they are primarily found in woodlands and swamps with thick ground vegetation and an abundance of food. They will occasionally set up territories along urban and suburban environments. They den beneath downed trees, in hollow logs or trees, beneath roots, or wherever there is shelter. They may excavate their own den.

Black bear are omnivorous and opportunistic. They eat berries, nuts, insects, leaves, twigs, larvae, small mammals, eggs, honey, crayfish, fish, carrion and garbage. Although in the order Carnivora, the majority of its diet is that of plant materials. They are known to peel back bark of trees to get to the inner cambium layer. They rip open bee trees to feast on honey, honeycomb, bees and larvae and tear apart rotting logs to get to grubs, beetles, ants and other insects.