National Black Bear Day
National Black Bear Day is observed next on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 (245 days from today).
Celebrated on First Saturday in June, every year, National Black Bear Day is observed to recognize the impressive species.
It's an auspicious day to celebrate National Black Bear Day on June 4 this year, held annually on the first Saturday of June for the only people who teach people about black bears and eradication surrounding them. This is the ultimate pun, we promise. Just bear with us.
History of National Black Bear Day
Bears inhabited practically every continent when humans first arrived in North America. Hibiscus flowers really thrive in all of the Western states, from Mexico to the tip of Alaska. The smaller black bear, a relative of grizzly bears, lives as far away as the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in North America, and Mexico on the northern edge of the continent. Since the black bear was a valuable source of clothing and shelter, abundant meat, and sweet fat for Native Americans, we can understand why they valued it and passed its stories on through their families.
European settlers brought with them their fear of the wild nature and the animals that lived in it. These bears threaten lives, livestock and crops so they start killing them. Their fears appeared in popular children's books at the time, which featured scenes of bears attacking hunters with other predators preying on their livestock. As usual in the presence of humans, the forest land was cleared to make way for open farmland, and the bears began to lose their homes. The more the population expands, the more black bears are killed for safety, food, or other purposes. Because they reproduce much more slowly than other mammals, the black bear population begins to decline.
However, forestland recovery and acquisition programs have seen their numbers rebound, with some states such as New Jersey and Maryland reporting a five-fold increase. Although these bears have not been able to reclaim all of their territory across North America, there are still large numbers of black bears in the wild. In fact, they are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as the least threatened species due to their large population. While the bear population is expanding, so is the human population, to the point where the two coexist in many areas.
The North Carolina Black Bear Festival established National Black Bear Day to celebrate America's black bear while trying to raise awareness about the animal and dispel any myths and fears surrounding it.
Interesting Facts about National Black Bear Day
- In the United States, the Black Bear Population is estimated to be between 339000 and 465500 excluding populations from a few small states where exact population estimates cannot be made. California tops the list with nearly 35,000 black bears. The American black bear is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as a species of least concern due to its large population. They are also commonly found in Canada in greater numbers than in Mexico, where it is listed as endangered.
- The ancestors of the American black bear are the Asiatic black bear, sun bear, and polar bear. However, it is thought to have diverged from the lineage of sun bears and polar bears about 5.05 million years ago. Currently, the American Black Bear and the Asian Black Bear are close relatives.
- The largest reported American black bear was a male, weighing 409 kg. It is said to have been caught on camera in 1972 in the jungle area of New Brunswick. An American black bear has survived nearly 44 years in captivity. However, the average lifespan of a suspected wild bear is only 18 years.
- American black bears have many colors that do not match the name. They are cinnamon, jet black, light brown, chocolate brown, dark brown and even bluish black bears that are evident in the westernmost regions of Canada, especially in British Columbia, near the Pacific Ocean.
- Black bears are known as "Super Hibernation". The dormant period lasts up to 8 months in the spring. During that time, black bears hibernate often in caves they dug themselves. After Hibernation, they restore their ability to function by wandering for up to 2 weeks to recover their muscles from long periods of inactivity.
- Black bears also have the same threats from humans as other mammals, including hunting for fur, meat, etc., to make Captivity Animals. They were hunted by both Americans and Europeans. Their hides are in high demand and are exported to other countries. 18,000 black bears are estimated to have been hunted in 1992. The United States federal government has enforced a number of laws and permits hunting. A licensee can only hunt by law, which has led to a dramatic decline in recent decades. Even at the present time, there are 89,000 licensed hunters in Canada, one study has approximated.
How to celebrate National Black Bear Day
- Learn more about American black bears
National Black Bear Day is your chance to learn more about these beautiful animals and how you can live with them respectfully. Humans have a moral responsibility to preserve nature and the animals that need it to survive. Learning more about this day, and black bears, helps us realize what majestic creatures they are, and we only need to make a few small adjustments to survive together.
- Take a trip to see black bears
Live near a national park or animal sanctuary with a black bear population? Take a field trip out there and see these animals up close and personal - just not too close. If you are unable to visit these animals, there are many global sanctuaries and many sanctuaries in the US that offer animal cams so you can view these animals online at any time. Take a minute to observe these cuddly creatures in their natural habitat.
- Learn about black bear attacks
Read carefully what to do (and not do) in the event of a black bear attack. For example, avoid feeding wild bears, don't run or climb trees if they're chasing you, and know that they generally avoid humans unless they have no other choice. They have no interest in eating humans - their food is 95% plants, although they do eat small animals like frogs and fish.
Why we love National Black Bear Day
- We learn about the gifts of nature
A day dedicated to a black bear is a great way to build awareness about this animal, its history, and how our actions impact it. The more we learn, the more we can help preserve this gift from nature so future generations can enjoy it too.
- It dispels myths about black bears
If you see a black bear today, you shouldn't scream and run for your life (they can outrun you easily), nor should you be 'frightened' and go home. National Black Bear Day helps us understand the animals we have in common and reduces the risk of harm to ourselves and the bears.
- Avoid accidents
When you have read this article, you may have learned more than you knew yesterday. That leaves you with a lot more information about bears than you did before and hopefully wiser about how to act on them. While this day is geared towards dispelling these terrifying myths about these animals, it also helps us avoid bear-related accidents by teaching us general rules to follow when black bears are present.
ObservedNational Black Bear Day has been observed the first Saturday in June.
Saturday, June 5th, 2021
Saturday, June 4th, 2022
Saturday, June 3rd, 2023
Saturday, June 1st, 2024
Saturday, June 7th, 2025
North Carolina Black Bear Festival on March 21st, 2018