Cinnamon Bear, Ursus americanus cinnamomum

The cinnamon bear (Ursus americanus cinnamomum) is a subspecies of the American black bear known as a color phase. It can be found in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and western areas of Canada. This species derives it common name from the reddish fur that occurs throughout its body. It can reach an average weight between 203 and 595 pounds. This species can vary in color from reddish brown to red with cream coloring, and some individuals are even brown. Cubs are born with these variations, and weigh about eight ounces.

The cinnamon bear hibernates during the months of October or November to March or April, depending upon the climate conditions. The diet of this species consists mainly of plant materials like foliage, fruit, and nuts, but also contains honey, meat, and insects. The cinnamon bear can live for up to thirty years.

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