Black Bear

General Information

Black Bear Species Profile (N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission)
The black bear is the only bear species found in North Carolina or anywhere in the eastern United States and is an important part of our cultural, historical and natural heritage.

History of Black Bears in North Carolina
This publication provides a detailed description of black bears’ physical characteristics, habitat requirements, home range and movements, dispersal, denning behavior and reproduction.

Black Bear: Working With Wildlife
This article by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service provides information on black bears’ habitat requirements and what landowners can do to improve habitat.

Management of Black Bears in North Carolina
Black bear populations and range have expanded dramatically over the past 30 years. Thanks to changing human attitudes, better wildlife management and enforcement, and the ability of bears to coexist peacefully with people in most circumstances, the comeback of these animals is a true wildlife success story.

North Carolina Black Bear Management Plan 2012-2022 (N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission)
The recovery of the black bear has created complicated challenges related to a variety of topics including bear hunting, bear/human interactions, management of bear habitat, law enforcement and many others.


Bear Seasons Map: North Carolina

Bear Seasons: North Carolina


Preventing/Resolving Black Bear Problems

What Do I Do if I See a Bear?
Bears are not usually dangerous unless humans feed or provoke them. Enjoy the rare chance to see a bear, but from a distance.