Black Bear Ursus americanus (Pallas, 1780)S3 (Watch list)  -  Western MD only  
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 65 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)

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)

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

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

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


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