Discover nature this week in Ursus americanus, or the American Black Bear – the largest and heaviest wild mammal in Missouri.
The black bear is the only bear found in Missouri and most of them live south of the Missouri River.
For black bears in Missouri, the fur is predominantly glossy black; the muzzle is brown, and there is usually a white patch on the chest. Males and females look alike, though females are usually smaller than males. Black bears can weigh anywhere from around 100 to 900 pounds.