Spectacled bears are adaptable and can inhabit a wide variety of altitudes from as low as 250m to as high as the mountain snow line at over 5,000m.
Spectacled bears have a reputation of being adaptable and inhabit a wide variety of altitudes throughout their range.
The cloud forests that spectacled bears reside in typically occupy a 500-1,000 meter, (1,600-3,300 feet,) elevational band between 1,000 and 2,700 meters, (3,300 and 8,900 feet,) depending on latitude.
Occasionally, Andean bears may reach altitudes as low as 250 meters, (820 feet,) but are not typically found below 1,000 meters, (3,280 feet,) in the foothills. They can even range up to the mountain snow line at over 5,000 meters, (16,000 feet,) in elevation.
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• Sources | (Fenner, 2012; Fernando del Moral; Kattan, et al., 2004; Macdonald, 2001; Naranjo & Hernández; Nowak, 1999; Servheen, Herrero, & Peyton, 1999)