BearSaver has been dedicated to developing bear-proof trash cans, recycle bins, and other enclosures for over a decade, aiming to ensure the safety of both people and bears in areas known as Bear Country. However, we understand that not everyone is familiar with the concept of Bear Country. It is crucial to have a clear understanding of the different bear species found in North America and their typical habitats. Without this knowledge, it is challenging to take appropriate measures to protect oneself from bear encounters. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of the most common bear species in Bear Country and their respective locations. Remember, it's always important to be Bear Aware!
Primary Bear Species in North America
The Bear Family encompasses eight main species, but only three of them are prevalent in North America. These species include the American Black Bear (Ursus americanus), Brown/Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos), and Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus). The American Black Bear is the most widespread and numerous bear species in North America, while the Brown/Grizzly Bear boasts the widest distribution globally. Interestingly, Polar Bears can be found in all the polar regions of the entire northern hemisphere. Clearly, bears have quite a presence in our surroundings!
Where to Encounter American Black Bears
The American Black Bear
, though the smallest bear species in North America, enjoys the widest distribution. With a current population ranging between 400,000 and 750,000, these bears can be found in 32 states across the United States, certain areas of Mexico, and all regions of Canada except Prince Edward Island. They inhabit various habitats but are typically found in forested areas and mountainous terrain, occasionally venturing into open spaces. For a visual representation of their current distribution in North America, refer to this map
Where to Encounter Brown/Grizzly Bears
hold the distinction of having the broadest distribution among all bear species globally. However, the current global population of these bears is estimated to be between 125,000 and 150,000. Within North America, approximately 55,000 Brown/Grizzly Bears exist, with around 25,000 residing in western Canada and 30,000 in the United States. Most Brown/Grizzly Bears in the U.S. call Alaska home, but there are also smaller populations in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Washington. They primarily inhabit forests, mountains, meadows, valleys, and coastal regions. For an overview of their current distribution in North America, please consult this map.
Where to Encounter Polar Bears
, the largest among the eight bear species, are found in the Arctic and its surrounding areas. The global population of Polar Bears is currently estimated to be between 20,000 and 40,000, with around 15,000 residing in the Canadian arctic archipelago and the Hudson Bay-James Bay region. These bears are most commonly found in areas where the northern seas meet the shoreline.
Contact BearSaver for Further Information
If you would like to learn more about how BearSaver products can ensure your safety in Bear Country, please don't hesitate to contact us at 800-851-3887
. As the largest supplier of bear-proof containers worldwide, we ship our products to every state and province in North America where bears are known to inhabit.