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Black Bear Behavior &Black Bear Senses

While bears may defend a food resource or mate while they are present, bears are not territorial. They do not patrol or defend a specific area from intrusion by other bears. Bears respect a certain personal space, but often several animals overlap each other’s living space at different times. A bear’s living space that provides food, water, and adequate cover is called a “home range.”

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LIST OF FATAL BLACK BEAR ATTACKS IN NORTH AMERICA OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS

Twenty-five fatal black bear attacks have occurred in North America during the last 20 years. Here are the stories behind each.

Black bear attacks seem to be on the rise as of late. And as we spend more time outdoors, run-ins with bears are expected to become more frequent. Most interactions, however, result in a quick parting of ways. And fortunately, the statistics show that if a mauling does occur, the chances of it turning fatal are relatively slim. Over the last twenty years, black bears have killed twenty-five people across North America. That works out to 1.25 fatal attacks per year.

The following list showcases the twenty-five fatal black bear attacks that have occurred between 1997 and 2017. Some interesting statistics: the youngest person killed was a child of only five months of age; the oldest, a 93-year-old female. The average age is 41. The most deaths have occurred in British Columbia, Canada (6), with Quebec, Canada (3) and Alaska (3) tied for second most. Fourteen females have been killed and 11 males.

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