9 States Where Bears Still Roam Free


Bears of all kinds, including brown, black, and polar bears, are abundant in Alaska, which is well-known for their large populations.


There is a substantial black bear population in Maine; estimates range from 25,000 to 36,000 bears.


Black bear numbers in California are estimated to be between 30,000 and 40,000, and they are dispersed throughout a variety of environments.


There are between 25,000 and 30,000 black bears in Oregon, and they are the only bear species left in the state.


From the arid woodlands of the eastern Cascades to the coastal rainforests, these animals can be found in a wide range of wooded environments throughout the state.


The diverse bear population in Idaho, which includes both grizzly and black bears, is well-known for adding to the state's abundant biodiversity.


The number of black bears in Wisconsin has significantly increased in the last few decades.

North Carolina

The black bear population in North Carolina is estimated to be between 15,000 and 20,000, reflecting the bears' significant increase over the years.


The estimated 17,000 black bears that call Virginia home are a testament to the species' widespread and robust existence.