Formosan Black Bear

Formosan Black Bear

name = Formosan Black Bear
status = EN

image_width = 260px
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Mammalia
ordo = Carnivora
familia = Ursidae
genus = Ursus
species = "U. thibetanus"
subspecies = "U. t. formosanus"
trinomial = "Ursus thibetanus formosanus"
trinomial_authority = Swinhoe, 1864
synonyms="Selenarctos thibetanus formosanus"
The Formosan Black Bear ("Ursus thibetanus formosanus", or "Selenarctos thibetanus formosanus"), also known as the white-throated bear, is a subspecies of the Asiatic Black Bear. The Formosan Black Bear is endemic to Taiwan and are the largest animals and only bears ("Ursidae") that can be found on the island. They can usually be seen in the mountainous forest areas in the eastern two-thirds of the island, at elevations between 1,000 and 3,500 m (3,300-10,000 ft).

Formosan Black Bears are omnivorous and feed primarily on leaves, buds, fruits, roots, insects, and small animals, though they can also eat carcasses and carrion. They are solitary and usually move around except during the mating season or when caring for cubs.

Popular Culture

The logo of La New Bears, a professional baseball team in Taiwan, features a Formosan Black Bear.

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