From the Santa Margarita Ranch LATO Wildlife Camera Project

American black bears are omnivores, which means that they eat both animals and plants. There’s a lot of variety in their diet, including ants, apples, dead deer, squirrels, baby birds, acorns, grass, mushrooms and more. They are opportunistic – taking advantage of what is available through the seasons.

Black bears are seen fairly often in our Santa Margarita LATO Wildlife Camera Project image galleries, a reflection of the prime bear habitat provided at the Ranch. Undisturbed oak woodlands the nearby Trout Creek provide a healthy environment for a diversity of wildlife, including black bears.

Black bear snacking on vegetation at Santa Margarita Ranch