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Black BearHimalayan Black Bear

The Himalayan Black Bear is a widespread denizen of temperate forests at elevations between 4,000 feet and 12,000 feet. Black in color with a distinctive white V on its chest, it grows to 7 feet in height, preferring to live in steep, forested hills. In winter, most bears come down to the lower valleys, somewhere around 5,000 feet. They spends days sleeping in caves or in the hollow of trees, emerging at sunset to seek food. In summer, the bear feeds mainly on wild fruit and berries, though it does raid orchards. It is the most carnivorous of bears, and many living near villages kill sheep and goats and even larger cattle. Proximity to humans The Himalayan Black Bearleaves many people mauled and killed each year. The young are born late in the winter and early spring, in caves, thick undergrowth, and hollow trees. The young, usually two or more, remain with the mother for a year or more.


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