Apart from people, black bears have few predators, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Cougars, bobcats, and coyotes prey on bear cubs, but no species eat adult bears.
Male bears may prey on their own species’ pups. Black bears are considered apex predators, which implies that once they reach adulthood, they have no predators. Apex predators, such as black bears, are only considered predator-free in their natural habitat. Black bears, for example, would be preyed upon by tigers or lions, but they seldom see these animals in the wild, therefore they are not considered natural predators.