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.

Nat Geo TV App

The Nat Geo TV App

Watch your favorite National Geographic Channel shows the day after they air.

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play