Predator, Scavenger, Omnivore
Black bears are found throughout Alberta, from the southern foothills to the high north.
They are good swimmers, fast runners, adept diggers, and can climb trees. Their diet is
omnivorous; black bears will take advantage of any food source available, including fruits
and berries in the fall.
As omnivorous predators and scavengers, their attraction to any kind of food, including
fruits, berries, roadkill, garbage and human food, occasionally brings bears into close
proximity to humans. Black bears have the strongest sense of smell in the animal kingdom and are
attracted to novel and food-like scents. They can be very determined and destructive when curious
or in search of food, and have been known to break into human dwellings in rural areas.