Bears are a prominent symbol in American history and folklore. The Navajo prayed to the black bear, and believed that it was the strongest of all the bears. Human encounters with black bears rarely lead to serious injury or fatalities, despite how common they are relative to other bear species, In fact, only 10% of all human interactions with a black bear resulted in injury, and almost all attacks were due to a mother bear protecting her cubs.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 11 L x 4.4 W x 6.4 H
Black bears are listed as Least Concern due to their abundant numbers, although habitat loss and conflicts with humans are potential threats. Black bear hunting is allowed, but it is well-regulated. The Asiatic black bear is listed as Vulnerable due to poaching and habitat loss.