Black Bear

December 11, 2023

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission estimates the state population of black bear at 17,000 concentrated in the eastern and western part of the state. The population in the Albemarle-Pamlico peninsula is reported to be the densest population of black bears in the world.  They pack on weight in fall and early winter in preparation for denning.  This bear, photographed in eastern North Carolina, definitely got the memo.


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