September 06, 2013

Grizzly Woods Facts

  • The term “brown bear” commonly refers to animals found along the coast. Brown bears that found away from the coast and in northern habitats are often called “grizzlies.”

  • There are approximately 30,000 grizzlies living in Alaska.

  • Grizzly bears can a between 6 and 9 feet (2-3m) in length.

  • Grizzlies have better sense of smell than a hound dog. They can smell food 3 miles away.

  • The color of grizzly bear fur can vary from blond to black but grizzlies usually have brown fur with gray tips.

  • A grizzly bear can reach speeds of around 35 miles per hour.

  • Bears are among the only large predators that eat meat and plants on a regular basis. They have large canines for killing prey and large molars for chewing vegetation.

  • A brown bear’s jaw pressure is powerful enough to crush a human head.

  • You are more likely to be attacked by a grizzly bear if you scream out loud, fight back, or run away.

  • Bears tend to be bolder in the dark, and they move about the earth with their nose.

  • Brown bears, larger than black bears, have a more notable shoulder hump, less-protruding ears and longer claws. The long claws are used to dig for roots and to dig up burrows of small mammals.

  • Poachers often kill grizzlies for their hides, but rarely eat the meat as it doesn’t taste very good.

  • For 6 months of the year, and sometimes longer, grizzly bears hibernate due to lack of food in the cold winter months, surviving on fat reserves.


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