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The American black bear (Ursus americanus) is the most common bear species native to North America. It inhabits heavily forested areas and wooded mountains. An adult black bear has small eyes, rounded ears, long snout, large body, and short tail. Males weigh an average of 150-300 lbs., and females are smaller.

The Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus), also called the moon bear, is a close relative of the American black bear. It has a large, white crescent-shaped mark appearing on its chest. Asiatic black bears live in mountain forests at altitudes of 1,000 to over 3,000 meters. The Asiatic black bear is listed as vulnerable species.


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