Bear Biologist Carl Lackey releases a 370lb black bear that was found living under a shack at a ski resort in Lake Tahoe, Nevada USA.
Black bears historically ranged over most of the forested regions of North America, including all Canadian provinces, Alaska, all states in the conterminous United States, and significant portions of northern Mexico (Hall 1981). Their current distribution is restricted to relatively undisturbed forested regions (Pelton 1982; Pelton et al. 1994). They hibernate throughout the colder months without eating, drinking, urinating, or defecating.