The Bear Whisperer with Blaine Anthony
The Bear Whisperer – As social media begins to become the staple to see what people are doing, we have decided to create more of a blog format for this site with input from Blaine Anthony. You can sit back and get the latest opinions and facts written in the blog for you to enjoy that may help you out on the field.
Blaine is a multifaceted personality who has captivated audiences worldwide with his unique blend of charm, expertise, and passion for wildlife conservation. As a popular television host and dedicated bear conservationist, he has not only entertained viewers but also contributed significantly to the protection and preservation of bear populations.
All About the Eight Species of Bears.
Greetings, friends of nature and wildlife! Imagine gliding serenely down a placid river on a canoe. Now, let’s magnify that thrill. Let’s delve into the fascinating realm of bears. Today, we’re on a unique virtual tour, acquainting ourselves with the majestic eight types of bears that adorn our planet. Hold onto your curiosity; we won’t stray towards the tempting allure of red pandas or cuddly koalas just yet. Those delightful creatures belong to an entirely different species, a tantalizing topic we might unearth another day.
Let’s set off on our wild adventure starting with the American Black Bear and end with the magnificent Polar Bear.
American Black Bear
Our first stop brings us face to face with the American Black Bear, residing across Canada, Mexico and America, hence the name. With over 500,000 of them walking the earth, you’re likely going to run into one during your hiking or camping adventures at some point.
With most reaching around 200-550 pounds, these are chunky creatures. Reminiscent of Bergman’s Rule, the bears inhabiting colder climates are significantly larger than their warmth-loving siblings.
Despite their name, these bears sport a rainbow of colors. In addition to their well-known black, white and gray variants, they also come in shades of cinnamon and dark brown. If you chance upon a fury destroyer of your trash bins and it’s sporting all the colors of an autumn leaf, you’re probably gazing at an American Black Bear.
Living true to the bear archetype, these critters are foragers, feeding primarily on bugs, plants, and employing their knack for dumpster diving on more than one occasion. As for interactions, with American Black Bears, it’s usually a good idea to appear intimidating and not to play dead (your couch has seen enough of that action now.)
Asian Black Bear
From uplifting North America, our journey takes us across the Pacific to meet the Asian Black Bear. Their distinguished appearance sets them apart from the American Black Bear. Sporting a unique mane around their necks, they remind us of the iconic character Otto Man from ‘The Simpsons’.
Scaling an average of 310 pounds, their diet mainly consists of plants, garbage, and bugs. The seven sub-species have adapted to their environments, showcasing significant differences in size and fur thickness. Unsubstantiated rumors often label them as hazards due to their frequent encounters with humans, but they’re just curious climbers spending most of their time in trees.
Up next on our fellow is the Sun Bear, the smallest bear species to grace our planet. Originally from southeast Asia, these adorable creatures weighing around 145 pounds mirror the temperate environment of their habitat.
These little sunshine lovers spend a considerable chunk of their time perched on trees, feasting on insects and basking in the sun. Adorned with remarkably robust canines, they can strip bark off trees to get to those juicy bugs lurking under them. To add to their modest size, their dexterous tongues can stretch up to ten inches long!
Onto our next bear, say hello to the Sloth Bear, primarily found in India, Sri Lanka and neighboring regions. With a distinguishing underbite, this bear can slurp up bugs with ease. Despite living in populated regions, these bears mostly live in fear of humans, with many attacks deemed to be out of fear or surprise. Like the Sun Bear, Sloth Bears also contribute to bug population control, but also delve into fruits and carrion when the opportunity presents.
Next stop, the Andes! This is where we meet the Spectacled Bear, native to South America. Dubbed the ‘Andean Bear’, these creatures are omnivores who love to feast on fruits, palms, and occasionally, cactuses found in scrublands. Though they are mostly shy creatures, their interactions with humans primarily revolve around their vulnerable status, with habitat loss being their primary threat.
The Brown Bear, equipped with an appetite that discerns no particular food preference, and can eat pretty much anything, hails next on our list. Different subspecies exist, each with widely varying diets from plants and bugs to small and large animals.
The iconic Giant Panda follows, easily recognizable with their signature black and white pelt. It’s safely hypothesized that 90% of their diet is bamboo due to the uniquely strong jaw and large molars that allow them to munch through the fibrous plant efficiently.
Lastly, we arrive at the end of our adventure with the Polar Bear, the most enormous carnivore on land, and well adapted to the frigid Arctic Circle. Their black skin, concealed under a thick layer of fur, is adept at keeping them warm in the freezing climate. Given their entirely carnivorous diet, watching Polar Bears hunt seals and small whales is truly an astonishing sight!