Bear Facts

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OBITUARIES -

Black bear pop­u­la­tions in Ten­nessee have been re­bound­ing since the 1970s. Adult bears can be 3 feet tall at the shoul­der and 6 feet in length, and can vary greatly in weight — rang­ing be­tween 125 and 600 pounds for adults — de­pend­ing on avail­abil­ity of food and time of year. Fe­males are gen­er­ally smaller. Black bears have av­er­age eye­sight, fan­tas­tic hear­ing and what is thought to be one of the best noses in the an­i­mal king­dom. Their sense of smell is 100 times greater than hu­mans and seven times greater than a blood­hound, and they can run up to 30 mph for short dis­tances.

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