Taking black bear pictures can be exciting and challenging. Black bears are very photogenic animals, providing many opportunities for excellent moments to record. Being the most common bear species in North America, as well as being very charismatic and loved by many, they can make an excellent species to photograph. For wilderness skills practitioners, wildlife photography can also be an excellent opportunity to practice awareness, observation, camouflage, and stalking - often essential skills when foraging and hunting in a survival situation.
The family of bears Ursidae has eight living species. They are solitary animals that only hang out with other bears during mating season. Young bears, like the polar bear cubs above, stay with their mothers until they are old enough to go out on their own, usually at age two. Polar bears' fur isn't actually white — the long, coarse "guard" hairs that protect their thick undercoat are hollow and transparent.
Narrated by Mike McIntosh. Video photography — Mike McIntosh. Video — What is With the Bears — Dr. Martyn Obbard Dr. Martyn has studied black bears and polar bears.
To view photographs in a larger format, click on photo. When finished click on back arrow. The black and brown colour phase of the black bear is common. The white colour phase is more rare occuring in north western British Columbia, Canada.