Summer Wind Farms Sanctuary

Bears are one of the more intelligent mammals. They have very good vision and also see in color. Their smelling ability is superb (their nasal mucosa area is 100 times larger than humans), and their hearing ability is approximately twice the sensitivity of humans. A lean bear's running speed can exceed 30 mph, whether uphill, downhill or on level ground. They are also excellent swimmers and can swim at least a mile and a half in fresh water. Bears are amoung the first animals that children learn to recognize. Nearly all adult bears die of human-related causes (shooting, vehicle collisions, etc.)

Grizzly bears range in color from white, blonde, brown and black. The tips of the fur are lighter in color giving them a grizzled look. Males reach their maximum weight of 330 to 1,150 pounds in 12 years. Females reach their maximum weight of 270 to 770 pounds in 8 years. A grizzly bear's territory can be up to 380 square miles. They are found in Canada and Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington and Montana. Grizzly bears feed on berries, roots, rodents, plant bulbs, whitebark pine nuts and cutworm moths. They may also feed on moose, elk and mountain goats.



The american black bear is only found in North America. They live as far south as Florida and Northern Mexico, and as far north as Alaska. They prefer nuts, acorns, fruit, insects and succulent greens. They are also excellent hibernators. They can sleep for months without eating, drinking, urinating or defecating. The length of hibernation matches the regions food availability. Black bears can live 21-33 years or more if they are not killed. About 70% of of human deaths from grizzly bears are from mothers protecting their cubs. Black bear mothers have not been known to kill anyone in defense of cubs.

Asiatic black bears, or Moon bears, are stocky bears averging 200 to 250 pounds, but may be as large as 400 pounds. They are usually black and have a white crescent, or moon shape, on their chest and some white on their chin. The hair on their neck and shoulders is long and thick. They are omnivorous so feed on plants and animals. Preferred foods include buds, fruits, nuts, berries, small animals, birds, carrion, insects and honey. They are very good climbers and swimmers. Moon bears live in tropical rainforests, temperate broadleaf forests, as well as tropical monsoon and dry forests.


To learn more information about bears in general or any of the bears pictured on this page, please contact us to arrange an educational tour.