Bear, any member of a species of northern bear,
the widest ranging of all bear species. Several
subspecies range throughout wilderness areas in
North America, Europe, and Asia.
the name grizzly bear is sometimes used to refer
to all brown bears, grizzly actually refers to
one subspecies in the northwestern interior of
North America . Members of the subspecies that
range throughout coastal Alaska and western Canada
are known as Alaskan bears; those on Alaska’s
Kodiak Archipelago are called Kodiak bears.
bears have large, plantigrade feet (heel and sole
touching the ground) and five long claws on their
front paws to aid in digging. They may be almost
black or very light beige; a few brown bears are
pure white. The grizzly bear has deep chocolate
brown fur with silver tips. The Kodiak bear is
uniformly brown and usually has a ruff of longer
hair that makes the head look larger.
bears, along with polar bears, are the largest
of the bear species. Brown bears range in weight
from 90 to 800 kg (200 to 1760 lb), and adult
males generally weigh more than adult females.
Kodiak bears, which often feed on salmon, can
weigh more than 700 kg (1700 lb). Grizzly bears,
with a diet of berries, vegetation, and small
mammals, are smaller than Kodiak bears. Depending
on habitat, the average weight of grizzlies varies
from 150 to 360 kg (330 to 794 lb) in Alaska and
British Columbia, 95 to 139 kg (209 to 306 lb)
in the Yukon Territory, and 102 to 324 kg (224
to 714 lb) in Yellowstone National Park. (Source
Territories - Northwest Territories, Yukon,
Alberta, British Columbia.