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Brown bear and two cubs in stream, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
Brown Bear in the Katmai National Park
Brown Bear in Spring
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)
Brown bear in stream. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska.
Brown Bears are found in many parts of North America and Eurasia, where the bears inhabit wooded and mountainous areas. The brown bear is also the national animal for a number of states in North America, Europe and Asia.

Brown bears tend to feed on vegetation, fish and small land mammals, but the bears will only occasionally hunt bigger mammals like deer. Brown bears dont seem to be a great threat towards humans, although the mother brown bears will protect their young bear cubs.

Brown bears generally grow to about 2 - 3m tall, looking enormous when the bear stands on its hind legs. Brown bears have sadly been the target of taxidermists over the years resulting in the brown bear population declining. Today there is more in the way of Animal Rights meaning that the brown bear population can grow once again.

The brown bear is one of the largest species of bear with only the grizzly bear and the polar bear getting to bigger sizes. Both the grizzly bear and the polar bear however, are distant sub-species of the brown bear that have today adapted to living in a different environment.

The brown bear is an extremely dominant predator in its environment, with only threats from human hunters posing any real dominance over the brown bears predatory rights. The brown bear has an enormous muscle between the brown bears shoulder blades that makes the brown bear stand out above other bear species.

The enormous shoulder muscle that the brown bear has means that the brown bear has immensely strong forearms and allows the bear to break animal bones with one simple swipe. The brown bear has massive paws with claws that can grow longer than 15cm in length.

There are thought to be around 200,000 brown bear individuals left in the wild over half of which are found in Russia. Around 95% of the brown bear population found in the USA is in the northernmost state of Alaska. Most of the brown bears that inhabit regions of Canada are found in the west of the country in the Rocky Mountain range.

Brown Bear Foot Facts

  • The brown bear has four large paws and each of the paws of the brown bear has five toes that result in long claws.
  • The two front paws of the brown bear have toes that have longer claws than on the back paws, as the brown bear uses its front paws for digging.
  • The two back paws of the brown bear are larger than the two front paws as the brown bear often stands on its hind legs to either survey their surroundings or to get food out of higher places.
  • The brown bear uses its front paws with their enormous claws to rip open logs that have bugs inside so that it can eat them.
  • The brown bear uses its specially structured paws and legs in order to help it run fast, climb trees and swim well.

Brown Bear Teeth Facts

  • Brown bears do not normally bite their prey but instead grind and crunch with their enormous teeth to get their meal into them.
  • The brown bear has approximately 42 teeth including large predatory teeth that the brown bear uses to shred meat and skin.
  • The brown bear uses both its large, strong paws and its sharp teeth to catch and kill its prey and will either bite the neck of the animal or swipe it with its immense forearms.
  • The molar teeth of the brown bear increase in size as they go further in the mouth of the brown bear and the brown bear predominantly uses its largest molar to grind up tough food.
  • The size of the teeth of the brown bear are dependant on the size of the bear itself, so bigger bears will have bigger teeth than smaller bears.

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Brown Bear Translations

Bulgarian български език
Кафява мечка
 
Bosnian Bosanski
Mrki medvjed
 
Catalan Català
Ós bru
 
Czech Cesky
Medvěd hnědý
 
Danish Dansk
Brun bjørn
 
German Deutsch
Braunbär
 
English English
Brown Bear
 
Esperanto Esperanto
Bruna urso
 
Spanish Español
Ursus arctos
 
Estonian Eesti
Karu
 
Finnish Suomi
Karhu
 
French Français
Ours brun
 
Hebrew עִבְרִית
דוב חום
 
Croatian Hrvatski
Mrki medvjed
 
Hungarian Magyar
Barna medve
 
Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia
Beruang coklat
 
Italian Italiano
Ursus arctos
 
Japanese 日本語
ヒグマ
 
Latin Latina
Ursus arctos
 
Dutch Nederlands
Bruine beer
 
Norwegian Norsk
Brunbjørn
 
Polish Polski
Niedźwiedź brunatny
 
Portuguese Português
Urso-pardo
 
Romanian Româna
Urs brun
 
Slovenian Slovenščina
Rjavi medved
 
Swedish Svenska
Brunbjörn
 
Turkish Türkçe
Boz ayı
 
Vietnamese Tiếng Việt
Gấu nâu
 
Chinese 中文
棕熊
 

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Brown 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...
Ursus Arctos
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...
1.5m - 2.8m (5ft - 9.2ft)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
136kg - 390kg (300lbs - 860lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
56km/h (35mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
20 - 30 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...
Brown, Black, Tan
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...
3
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fish, Fruit, Insects
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Wolf, Cougar
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Powerful forearms and hibernate in the winter

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