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Welcome to the Black Bear Habitat

At one time, the black bear was in danger of becoming extinct in Florida, with a population of only 300 bears! After having made an incredible comeback, the American black bear is currently the most common bear in the world, with a population that is greater than all of the other bear populations combined! Black bears are very curious animals who are constantly on the search for food. When they pick up scents of human food and garbage with their keen sense of smell, they will wander into human campsites or rural areas to find the delicious meal they smell. Although they are often feared by humans, black bears are actually shy, non-aggressive animals that very rarely attack, and will only do so when provoked. However, there is potential danger for both the human and the bear in any human-bear encounter. In order to stay safe and to protect the black bears when you’re camping, abide by the signs and don’t feed the bears!

What Can I Do Here?

There are many things that you can do here. Please begin by watching the welcome video for an introduction to the black bear (simply click on the video on the top of the media bar to the right). You can also use the media bar to look at pictures and watch other videos of black bear at the museum.

After watching the video, you can use the left-side menu to:

  • Learn more by reviewing the READINGS about the black bear.
  • Browse the OBSERVATIONS to learn what others have found out about the black bear at the museum.
  • Collaborate with other students by joining in the DISCUSSION about the black bear.
  • Record your thoughts and questions, as well as the things you’ve learned about the black bear, in your JOURNAL.
  • Browse PHOTOS of the black bear.
  • Use the ANALYSIS tool to answer your research questions.

How Do I Select A Different Habitat?

If you want to learn more about the nature of science or a different museum habitat, you can click on the habitat map to navigate anywhere.