Unlike the larger brown/grizzly bears, black bears are agile climbers. The mothers often park their cubs high in trees where they are safe from large male bears. Their typically dark colors help them blend into the forest shadows. Though they are called black, these bears may be cinnamon colored, blue-gray, cream colored, or even white. This image is included as the 16th spread in my children’s book, “Once Upon Alaska”. Thank you for visiting markkelley.com.