“We’ll keep our fingers crossed.” He’s not the only bear currently roaming around the Traverse City area. … Rachel Leightner, DNR wildlife outreach coordinator, said Michigan is home to approximately 12,000 black bears. About 10,000 live in the Upper Peninsula, while 2,000 are in the Lower Peninsula.
Where are black bears in Michigan?
Approximately 15,000 – 19,000 black bears (including cubs) roam the hardwood and conifer forests of northern Michigan. About 90 percent of the bear live in the Upper Peninsula, while the remaining ten percent are mainly found in the northern Lower Peninsula.
Do mountain lions live in Michigan?
More than a 100 years ago, native cougars, or mountain lions, disappeared from Michigan. Since then, the big cats have occasionally been spotted by residents as they wander in from states like the Dakotas. WKAR’s Sophia Saliby speaks with DNR large carnivore specialist, Cody Norton, about cougar sightings in Michigan.
What time of day do black bears come out?
Bears are usually active from dawn to dusk, but they may be seen any time of day or night. Bears in many places of high human use have become nocturnal in order to avoid people.
Where do black bears go during the day?
Black bears do most of their foraging and feeding at dawn and dusk. That doesn’t mean that they won’t eat during the rest of the day, but it’s usually not their top priority. They’ll spend a good chunk of the day resting. During the hottest part of the day, black bears will almost always find a shady spot to nap in.
What is a black bears favorite food?
Especially grass, black bears love grass which comprises most of their diet. During summer black bears also forage for ants and beetle larvae in fallen logs. And it’s during summer black bears are fond of eating fungi. Indeed Fungi does often form part of a black bear’s diet, especially mushrooms.
How common are bear attacks in Michigan?
Fatal black bear attacks are extremely rare, the Michigan DNR said. Bear populations throughout Michigan are currently stable or are increasing, depending on the region. Bears are found across roughly 35,000 square miles of suitable habitat, mostly in the northern two-thirds of the state.
Are there wolves in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan?
Estimated at only 20 animals in 1992, the Upper Peninsula wolf population has grown to over 600 animals recently. Federal delisting criteria required a combined Michigan/Wisconsin population of 100 wolves for five consecutive years for delisting to occur.