Juvenile Black Bear Negative Footprint

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The soles of the feet are black or brownish and are naked, leathery and deeply wrinkled. The American Black Bear is found from Alaska to Mexico. Black bears are omnivorous feeding on plants, berries, insects, small vertebrates and carrion.

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Juvenile Black Bear Negative Footprint measures 5.8 inches. Juvenile Black Bear Negative footprint is high quality cast that is perfect for educational art projects.

The tracks of the American black bear are flat-footed, large and rather human like in appearance. Unlike human feet, however, bears have their largest toe to the outside of their feet, their feet are more robust and rounder, and they have sharp claws. Bears show 5 toes on both front and hind tracks.

Each paw has five strong, non-retractable claws used for tearing, digging, and climbing. One blow from a powerful front paw is enough to kill an adult deer. But in spite of their size and strength, black bears are surprisingly agile and careful in their movements.

The front track is generally wider than it is long. When measuring the width of a front foot track, a 5-inch track is average, 6 inch indicates a large bear, and tracks of large male black bears will not exceed seven inches. The track of a female black bear will generally not exceed five inches in width.

Footpads are bigger at the outer edges. Front tracks are wider than rear tracks. The small round heel pad of the front foot seldom registers. The rear track is longer because the whole foot, including the heel, registers. They tend to toe-in, especially with their front feet.

Often bears travel in an over-step walk, with their rear foot falling in front of where the front foot fell. Where the back foot falls only slightly in front of the front foot, there is a double track, which has led to outlandish reports of track sizes. In deep snow, bears direct-register by placing their rear foot in the same hole created by the front foot.

Bears often follow deer trails and forest roads, but some trails are used mainly by bears. These consist of a series of depressions created by multiple bears placing their feet in the same footsteps year after year.

Bear trails can be seen where bears approach favorite marking trees. These trails are often especially distinctive because bears frequently stomp-walk as they approach such trees. Stomp-walking is a form of scent-marking in which bears stomp, twist, and slide each footstep.

In medical terms, a bear’s hind paw is its foot (pes) and the front paw is its hand (manus).

American black bears or Ursus americanus californiensis females tend to have more slender and pointed faces than males. Their claws are typically black or grayish-brown. The claws are short and rounded, being thick at the base and tapering to a point. Claws from both hind and front legs are almost identical in length, though the foreclaws tend to be more sharply curved.

The paws of the American black bears or Ursus americanus californiensis are relatively large, with a rear foot length of 5.4 to 8.9 in, which is proportionately larger than other medium-sized bear species, but much smaller than the paws of large adult brown, and especially polar, bears.

The soles of the feet are black or brownish and are naked, leathery and deeply wrinkled. The hind legs are relatively longer than those of Asian black bears. The vestigial tail is usually 4.8 inches long. The American black bears or Ursus americanus californiensis ears are small and rounded and are set well back on the head.

The American Black Bear is found from Alaska to Mexico. Black bears are omnivorous feeding on plants, berries, insects, small vertebrates and carrion. Black Bears grow to six feet tall and can weigh over 300 pounds. It is a skillful climber and can run up to 25 miles per hour.

Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 5.8 in
Black Bear Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Ursidae
Genus: Ursus
Species: U. americanus
Scientific name: Ursus americanus
Conservation status: Least Concern