How fast are black bears?
A young, lean Black bear can reach speeds of over 30MPH very quickly when frightened.
Older and larger bears are not quite so fast but much faster from the start than most humans. Most bears run away and a charge towared you if often a bluff and will stop before reaching you. they sometimes run 49 mph
The population of black bears is actually growing. Several eastern states have seasons now because the population has grown higher than be sustained by the environment. Black bears are also reappearing in east Texas where they have not been seen since the early part of the last century. Black bears are far from endangered.