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How long do black bears live for?

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09/02/2008

I imagine it depends on the species but black bears can live as long as 23 years in the wild. Their chances of reaching that age are pretty slim though. Survival rates of juveniles and sub-adults are generally less than 50%. Adult bears have an annual survival rate of 50 - 80%, depending on the location. So it's pretty rare to find a bear more than 10 years old. I imagine it depends on the species but black bears can live as long as 23 years in the wild. Their chances of reaching that age are pretty slim though. Survival rates of juveniles and sub-adults are generally less than 50%. Adult bears have an annual survival rate of 50 - 80%, depending on the location. So it's pretty rare to find a bear more than 10 years old.