North American Black Bears also come in blonde, cinnamon, and white - and all colors are hungry! These “omnivores” can consume 15,000 calories a day. Give it a try. That’s 25 Big Macs! Their diet consists of nuts, roots, berries, insects, small animals, …and garbage. Though it’s true that black bears love honey, it’s not true that they hibernate. Though similar to hibernation, bears in Kentucky go through something called "torpor". This means that they may sleep for several days or weeks at a time, but they do not sleep through the entire winter like other bears. Right now, black bears are making their way into Kentucky from Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee. If you see one, use common sense: respect its territory, never approach any wild animal, and no matter how hungry it claims to be, please don’t feed the bears!
Listen to the Animal Tracks Audio Tour for the black bear exhibit.