Black Bear Ursus americanus (Pallas, 1780)S3S4    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Mammalia   >   Order Carnivora   >   Family Ursidae   >   Genus Ursus   

Status:

Black Bears are uncommon residents in Maryland's four western counties. Records from elsewhere in the state are rare wanderers.

Description:

Unmistakable. Only bear species in the Eastern U.S.

Where to find:

Western Allegany Co. and Garrett Co.

There are 156 records in the project database.

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A Black Bear in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/21/2012). Although individuals are prone to wandering - occasionally leading to well-publicized events - Black Bears are generally only encountered in western Maryland in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick Counties. Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Black Bear cub in Garrett Co., Maryland (5/30/2009). Photo by Mikey Lutmerding. (MBP list)

Black Bear in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Kyle Klotz, all rights reserved. Photo by Kyle Klotz. (MBP list)

Black Bear in Allegany Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Frode Jacobsen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Black Bear in Howard Co., Maryland (6/26/2016). Photo by Jason Hoffert. (MBP list)

A Black Bear in Howard Co., Maryland (6/26/2016). Photo by Jason Hoffert. (MBP list)

A Black Bear in Howard Co., Maryland (6/26/2016). Photo by Jason Hoffert. (MBP list)

Black Bear in Frederick Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Steven Lamonde, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by Steven Lamonde via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Black Bear in Maryland (Date obscured). (c) catchang, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by catchang via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Black Bear in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Kyle Klotz, all rights reserved. Photo by Kyle Klotz. (MBP list)

Black Bears having a swim in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Randy Bodkins, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Randy Bodkins via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Black Bear in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Kyle Klotz, all rights reserved. Photo by Kyle Klotz. (MBP list)

Black Bear in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Kyle Klotz, all rights reserved. Photo by Kyle Klotz. (MBP list)

Black Bear in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Kyle Klotz, all rights reserved. Photo by Kyle Klotz. (MBP list)

Black Bear track in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Frode Jacobsen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Black Bear in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/1/2014). Photo by Boyer and McDowell. (MBP list)

Black Bear in Harford Co., Maryland (6/20/2012). Photo by Marsha Webb. (MBP list)

Black Bear track in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Kyle Klotz, all rights reserved. Photo by Kyle Klotz. (MBP list)

A Black Bear print in Garrett Co., Maryland (8/5/2012). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A presumed Black Bear print at Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/16/2007). Sightings from elsewhere in Montgomery County were reported through at least the end of the month. Photo by Philip Brody. (MBP list)

Black Bear tracks in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Josh Emm, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Evidence of Black Bear in Garrett Co., Maryland (8/9/2018). Photo by Boyer and McDowell. (MBP list)

Black Bear skull in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Josh Emm, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Black Bear in Allegany Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Mark Eanes, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by Mark Eanes. (MBP list)

Black Bear scat in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Josh Emm, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Black Bear skull in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Josh Emm, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Black Bear skull in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Josh Emm, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Black Bear track in snow in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Alina Martin, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by Alina Martin via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Black Bear scat in Garrett Co., Maryland (5/10/2014). Photo by Matt Tillett. (MBP list)


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