- 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.
September 06, 2013
Grizzly Woods Facts