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Grizzly Bear Facts

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Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
Ursus Arctos Horriblis
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
2.1m - 3m (7ft - 10ft)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
160kg - 225kg (353lbs - 500lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
56km/h (35mph)
How long the animal lives for
15 - 25 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Dark brown, Black
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Favourite Food:
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
Forest and mountainous regions
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from
Salmon, Fruit, Fish
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Human, Cougars
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to this animal
Strong, powerful shoulders and enormous claws

Grizzly Bear Location

Map of Grizzly Bear Locations
Map of North America

Grizzly Bear

The grizzly bear is a sub-species of the brown bear, also known as the Silvertip Bear. The grizzly bears live in the uplands of western North America, and each female bear produces a litter of young roughly every other year.

Grizzly bears can often be seen to congregate together around streams in the salmon season to get the best catch. The grizzly bear is generally a solitary mammal.

It is estimated that less than 10% of grizzly bears make it into full adulthood. While the grizzly bear has no natural predators, the bears have been hunted by humans almost to extinction.

The grizzly bear has a bad reputation amongst humans and animals alike, as the grizzly bear is known to be aggressive and very territorial. Due to the grizzly bear's size, there are no known North American mammals that would naturally prey on the grizzly bear, making the grizzly bear an extremely dominant predator.

Female grizzly bears that have grizzly bear cubs will often be extremely wary of other animals and the grizzly bear mother will often keep her grizzly bear cubs in quieter areas until the grizzly bear cubs are old enough and big enough to defend themselves, at which point the grizzly bear cubs will generally venture away from their grizzly bear mother in order to begin a life of roaming themselves. The grizzly bear mothers however, are incredibly protective of their young and will generally always attack any animal that she believes is a danger to her young family.

Male grizzly bears can grow to a height of more than 3 meters tall when standing on their hind legs, with female grizzly bears being around 40% smaller. As with the brown bear (from which the grizzly bear is thought to have come from), the grizzly bear has a humped look at the top of the grizzly bears back, which is the build of the enormous muscle that provides the bears with the strength they need, mainly when digging.

Although it is generally believed that the grizzly bear is a carnivore, grizzly bears, as with most other bear species, are in fact omnivores as the grizzly bear diet consists of both plants and animals. The grizzly bear is most famously known for its love of salmon and can often be seen in large groups around the areas where the salmon spawn. The grizzly bears are still very territorial though but appear to stay out of each other's way on these occasions as there is always plenty of fish to go round.

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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 7th November 2019

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