A medium-sized forest-dwelling bear with blackish fur and a paler face, found in North America and eastern Asia.
- Two species, family Ursidae: the American black bear (Ursus americanus), with a wide range of coat colour, and the smaller Asian black bear (Selenarctos thibetanus).
- Stop along this byway to hike across broad plateaus and to admire Rocky Mountain goats, moose, black bears, grizzly bears, marmots, and mule deer.
- By contrast, North American black bears and grizzly bears diverged about five million years ago, he says.
- This still largely uncharted region of the world is home to Asian elephants, leopards, Himalayan black bears, wild boars, and the sambar deer, a delicacy for wide-ranging tigers.
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