Zoo animal spotlight: American black bear: Come see me at Black Bear Ridge
Black bears are found throughout Canada, the United States, and the northern half of Mexico. They prefer remote, inaccessible areas. They are extremely adaptable and show a great variation in habitat types, though they are primarily found in forested areas with thick ground vegetation and an abundance of fruits, nuts, and vegetation.
American Black Bear conservation
Black bears once lived in larger numbers throughout North America, but hunting and agriculture have driven them into heavily forested areas. In their current locations, black bears are numerous and thriving, but they continue to be threatened by habitat destruction, poaching and motor vehicle accidents.
How to help black bears
Metro manages natural areas and wildlife corridors throughout the Portland metropolitan area that serve as important habitat for black bears, cougars and other species. As a site steward, you can help keep natural areas healthy by volunteering to monitor wildlife, clear invasive species or plant native shrubs. Find a natural area near you and submit a site steward application.
American Black Bears at the Oregon Zoo
The zoo’s black bears live in Black Bear Ridge. Their diet includes red meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, fresh greens, and omnivore chow.