Intriguing Grizzly Bear Facts

Grizzly bears (Ursus arctos ssp.) have one of the worst reputations in the animal kingdom. Time to show you these creatures aren’t what they’re made out to be. Stay with us as we share some interesting facts and info about the grizzly bear!

  • a grizzly bear belongs to the same family that the brown bear is attached to. In fact, this is a subspecies of that animal;
  • its habitat is varied. The grizzly bear can inhabit arctic tundra, forests, and open plains. Other places you’ll find it in: subalpine meadows. North America is their homeland. These are the states you’ll typically spot them in: Idaho, Alaska, and Montana. Other areas: Wyoming, Montana, and Washington. Western Canada is on the grizzly bear’s list, too, when it comes to places it likes to roam;
  • once upon a time, North America had about 50,000 grizzly bears. Nowadays, the lower 48 states contain around 1,800 individuals. Alaska has one of the largest numbers of grizzly bears. Other populations are recorded in the Yellowstone Park. The Northern Continental Divide Population has these animals, too;Grizzly-Bear
  • a grizzly bear weighs 800 lbs (363 kg). The size of a full-grown adult is 5-8 ft (1.5-2.5 m);
  • its brown fur makes it very easy to recognize. There are, though, some individuals whose fur is grizzled. This is where the animal’s actual name comes from. Another easy way to distinguish them: a muscular hump. The latter’s located on the bear’s back (right above the shoulders);
  • the eyes of a grizzly bear have a concavity between them;
  • the head is big and the face has the aspect of a dish;
  • this creature’s claws are long 2-4 inches (or 5-10 cm) and sharp;
  • these bears have a great sense of smell. Their eyesight, on the other hand, is poor;
  • grizzly bears eat a lot of different things. As such, they’re cataloged as omnivores. Here’s a look at what they feed on: deer, seeds, insects, and roots. The also like to consume these: dead animals, berries, fish (trout and salmon are their favorites), and grass. Elk and fungi are enjoyed, as well. The berries they consume are raked from their respective branches with the bear’s claws;
  • another interesting fact is that the grizzly bear doesn’t live in a group. This solitary creature does not start fights with another individual. That’s because it isn’t territorial. In case a place has plenty of food to go round, individuals of the same species won’t mind eating together;
  • grizzly bears hibernate. Before doing this, they must gain weight and then dig a den. By eating a lot for 2-4 months, the animals will put on over 3 pounds (1.36 kg) every day. The period where they consume a lot of food is known as hyperphagia. If she has offspring, a female grizzly bear is known to become aggressive. This will only happen is she feels her babies are threatened;
  • there are many land mammals which reproduce at a really slow rate. The grizzly bear is one of them. The female reaches sexual maturity when she’s 4-5 years old. Gestation takes 180-270 days. She will then give birth to 1 or several cubs (2-3 on average, 4 at the most) in the autumn season (October-November). At birth, the cub has no teeth and no hair. It also arrives blind. The mother produces milk to feed her babies. In fact only the mother takes care of her offspring. The latter stays with her till he’s 2 or 3 years old;grizzly-bears-climbing-tree
  • the den a grizzly bear creates before going into hibernation is dug with its strong claws. Then, the animal will experience deep sleep. This helps it conserve energy during the long winter months. The heart rate of this subspecies goes from 40 beats per minute to just 8 beats per minute;
  • the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the grizzly bear on their threatened list.

Here are our top fun grizzly bear facts:

  1. females have been discovered to give birth while they’re fast asleep;
  2. an adult grizzly bear enjoys great memory;
  3. these animals are also extremely intelligent;
  4. a young grizzly is very apt at climbing trees. This is done when danger is close-by;
  5. 50 km/h (35 mph) is the top speed a grizzly bear can reach while running;
  6. another interesting fact: the grizzly bear swims very well;
  7. its Latin name is Ursus arctos horribilis;
  8. a grizzly bear will never attack a human unless you provoke or surprise the animal (particularly if it’s a mother with her cubs). Don’t run away from it. Instead, just go far away from the scene;
  9. grizzly bears have a lifespan of 20-30 years in the wild.

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