Forestry & Wildlife
Black Bear – Alabama’s Official State Mammal
American Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
- Black bears can be seen potentially anywhere in Alabama.
- About 85 percent of their diet consists of fruits, nuts, and seeds.
- Mating season occurs from late May to early August.
- Male black bears travel great distances during late spring and summer searching for mates.
- Do not feed bears! It is dangerous for bears to become accustomed to humans.
- Secure household wastes in bear-proof containers.
- Keep outdoor grills and grilling areas clean.
- Don’t leave pet food outdoors.
If You Encounter a Bear
- Never run! Stay calm, slowly back up, and walk away.
- Make yourself big. Wave your hands above your head, use an assertive voice, make noise, or clap your hands.
It is ILLEGAL to shoot, harm, or harass black bears in Alabama.
For additional information about black bears, visit:
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (www.outdooralabama.com/black-bear/alabama-black-bears) or BearWise (www.bearwise.org).