American black bear (Ursus americanus)The American black bear, Ursus americanus, is an apex predator throughout most of its range. They feed on small mammals, insects, carrion, and have been known to kill the young of large mammals. They are omnivores, eating insects and fish, and grazing on plants, nuts and berries. The black bear is a protected species, due to the demand in some countries for gall bladders, paws and other parts for medicines, but hunting is permitted although tightly regulated.This image is copyright and may not be used without specific authorization. Permission is explicitly denied for Pinterest.