In the rugged landscapes and lush wilderness of the United States, a delicate balance unfolds between its human residents and the remarkable bear population that calls this region home. From the towering forests to the sweeping valleys, many US state lands provide a haven for various bear species, each contributing to the complex ecosystem that sustains them.

However, this coexistence comes with challenges, as human expansion and environmental changes can impact the natural rhythms of bear life. As we explore the bear population by state, we delve into the strategies, research, and collaborative efforts to preserve these iconic creatures. Join us on a journey as we uncover the intricate web that connects humans and bears and the inspiring initiatives that pave the way for a harmonious future.

US Bear Populations by State

state map of bear species

North America’s bear areas map: This map shows the overlapping geographic ranges of three types of bears that inhabit North America – polar bears, black bears, and grizzly bears (also known as brown bears). This map was compiled by superimposing three maps prepared by Karl Musser (American black bear – Creative Commons License), Simon Pierre Barrette (grizzly bear – GNU Free Document License), and Fabio B (polar bear – public domain).