pete wrote:It would be pretty rare for a black bear to even try for a deer Bill. Way too quick for them unless it was old and/or sick. There mostly foragers and eat everything from fresh grass in the spring to grubs or anything dead. I have seen full grown grizzlys digging up fox dens and snacking on the new pups though. Not a pretty sight. PETA would be horrified I guess.
But deer do get old or sick, and black bear will take them. They also eat a few fawns. I agree that deer are not a major part of their diet, though.