Black Bears are the only type of bear found along the San Juan Skyway
Black Bears average 3 feet tall when standing on all four feet. Males average 275 pounds and females 175 pounds. Their bulky fur coats make them look bigger. Black Bears hibernate around early November and emerge from dens around early May. On average, two cubs are born in a den in late January. Black Bears like shrublands and subalpine forests. Most of their diet is grasses, berries, fruits, nuts, and plants, depending on what is seasonably available. Black Bears also eat insects and a variety of small mammals. Black Bears have incredibly sensitive noses so they can smell food as far away as five miles. All the more reason for never leaving trash outside, storing food in tight containers, and not bringing any products with scents along on wildlife viewing trips.