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American Black Bear in Yellowstone Bear World, Idaho
Grizzly Bear, Alaska
Brown bear in stream. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska.
A black bear (female) in Horsefly Peninsula, Quesnel Lake, British Columbia
Bears are large dog like mammals found all around the world. There are eight different species of bear that are found in a wide range of habitats in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, mainly the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Most bears are nocturnal, solitary animals only really congregating during the bears mating season. The mother bear will then raise her cubs until they too, are old enough to live on their own. Bears generally have an excellent sense of smell and are also fantastic at climbing trees, swimming and are able to run at speeds of up to 35 mph for short periods of time.

All bears are generally classified as carnivores but most species of bear today have adapted various herbivorous traits. For example, the giant panda has a diet that primarily comprises of bamboo. Most species of bear tend to hunt fish over land animals, although its not uncommon for a bear to not eat fish at all.

In Viking northern Europe, the locals firmly believed that by wearing a shirt made of bear skin, the wearer would adopt the powerful characteristics of the bear such as the bears strength and courage. Legend has it that the word berserk is said to originate from this belief from the way the affected men adopting these bear attributes behaved, but whether this is true or not is hard to tell.

The Malaysian sun bear is the smallest of the existing bear species, with the average adult sun bear measuring around 1 meter tall. The polar bear is generally the biggest species of bear with the adults growing to over 3 meters tall. The grizzly bear found in North America is the only other species of bear where the adults can get to this size, but it is uncommon.


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Bear Translations

Bulgarian български език
Мечка
 
Catalan Català
Ós
 
Czech Cesky
Medvědovití
 
Danish Dansk
Bjørne
 
German Deutsch
Bären
 
English English
Bear
 
Spanish Español
Oso
 
Esperanto Esperanto
Urso
 
French Français
Ursidés
 
Croatian Hrvatski
Medvjedi
 
Italian Italiano
Orso
 
Dutch Nederlands
Beer
 
Norwegian Norsk
Bjørnefamilienno
 
Romanian Româna
Urs
 
Japanese 日本語
クマ科
 
Polish Polski
Niedźwiedziowate
 
Portuguese Português
Urso
 
Finnish Suomi
Karhut
 
Swedish Svenska
Björnar
 
Turkish Türkçe
Ayıgiller
 

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Bear Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Carnivora
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Ursidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Ursus
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Ursidae
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
1.2m - 3.3m (4ft - 11ft)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
27kg - 450kg (60lbs - 990lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
56km/h (35mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
15 - 35 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Endangered
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, brown, white
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Fish
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Forest and mountainous regions
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
2
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fish, Nectar, Insects
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Wolf, Wildcats
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Large teeth and paws and strong body

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