University of Maryland Extension

Wildlife Management: Black Bears

Author: 
Robert J. Tjaden, Nathan P. Garner, Harry Spiker
Black bear

The Black Bear is the largest mammal in Maryland. The species ranges through much of forested North America, from Mexico to Alaska and from Florida to northern Canada. In different regions, black bears exhibit different activities, denning times, tolerance of human activity, habitat preferences, and more. This fact sheet explains the characteristics and management techniques for the black bear in the northeastern United States, particularly in Maryland.

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