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Black bears are most active at twilight, although breeding and feeding activities may change their activity pattern seasonally. Black bears are important in ecosystems because of their effects on populations of insects and fruits. They help to disperse the seeds of the plants they eat and consume large numbers of colonial insects and moth larvae. They sometimes take small and large mammals as prey, such as rabbits and deer.
Northern Alaska and Canada south into central Mexico
Vegetated mountainous areas between 3000 and 10,000 feet
Formerly extensive, residual populations survive in sparsely populated wooded regions and where protected in national parks
Grasses and forbs in spring, shrub and tree-borne fruits in summer and fall
Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for American black bear.