Despite its impressive stature, the North American black bear is actually the continent's smallest bear species. The black bear is the most common bear species worldwide, and due to its close proximity to urban areas, the most frequently sighted and interacted with by humans. History: Bears are a prominent symbol in American history and folklore. The Navajo prayed to the black bear, and believed that it was the strongest of all the bears. Scientific Name: Ursus Americanus Characteristics: Black bears in the eastern regions of North America typically have black fur, while those in the western regions usually have brown, reddish-brown, blonde or even white fur. This black bear toy figurine is as beautifully hand painted as it is scientifically accurate. Size: 4.5 inches long, 2.5 tall, this black bear toy model is about the size of a soda can on its side.