Yellowstone Forever

September 15, 2009

Black Bears in Yellowstone

Yellowstone black bear sow and cubFrom 1910 to the 1960s, Yellowstone managers allowed black bears to be fed along roadsides and at garbage dumps, so they were very visible to visitors. During this time, along with Old Faithful, black bears became a symbol of Yellowstone, and are still what some people think of when Yellowstone bears are mentioned.

Today, Yellowstone staff try to prevent wildlife from getting human food, and all bears in the Park are wild.  There are currently between 500 and 650 black bears in Yellowstone.

Learn more about black bear habitat and population status in Yellowstone>> 

Black bears (Ursus americanus) live in wooded areas, or at the edge of forests. They are the most common and widely distributed bear species in North America. However, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is one of the few areas south of Canada where black bears coexist with the grizzly bear.


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