Black bears generally live about 10 years, though a few may survive twice that period.The most important known mortality factor for the black bear is vehicle kills.Luckily, they are much better than the brown bear at coexisting with humans. The black bear population in the Skylands region has risen to 50 times what is was two decades ago.
Here in the Skylands region of New Jersey some residents can catch a glimpse right in their own backyards.
They can eat just about anything of nutritional value.
Being opportunistic feeders no food source is ever overlooked. Although vegetation makes up most of their diet, ants from an anthill, road kill or even the occasion fawn will serve as well.
According to the Division of Fish and Game, 46 road-killed bears were recovered in 1999.
In New Jersey, black bear commonly live into their teens, which may be due to the abundance of food in this area.