Ordinary Bears

Asian Black Bear

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The Asian black bear (Ursus thibetanus, previously known as Selenarctos thibetanus) is also known as bear and white-chested bear. It is a medium-sized bear species and largely adapted to life. It lives in the Himalayas, in the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent, Korea, northeastern China, the Russian Far East, Mongolia, the Honshū and Shikoku islands of Japan, and Taiwan.


Asian black bears are not as specialized in their diet as pandas are: while pandas depend on a constant supply of low calorie, yet abundant foodstuffs, black bears are more opportunistic and have opted for a nutritional boom-or-bust economy. They thus gorge themselves on a variety of seasonal high calorie foods, storing the excess calories as fat, and then hibernate during times of scarcity.

Asian black bears are omnivorous, and will feed on insectsbeetle larvaeinvertebratestermitesgrubscarrionbeeseggsgarbagemushroomsgrassesfruitsnutsseedshoneyherbsacornscherries, and grain

Reproduction and Life Cycle

Breeding season starts earlier than brown hello bears from mid June to mid August.


Distribution and Habitat




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