The black bear (Ursus americanus) is the only species of bear found in Michigan. In Michigan, most black bears have black or extremely dark brown fur. Other color variations, including brown, cinnamon, grayish-blue and blonde, are found mostly in western North America.
Where are 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.
Are there black bears in lower Michigan?
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, according to the DNR. The bears can be attracted to residences by the smell of birdfeed – even if the feeder is currently empty – grills, trash and pet food, Griffith said.
Are bear attacks common 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.
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.
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.