The Grizzly Bear

grizzly-bear-harry-bosen-dpcThe grizzly bear is a huge, fuzzy subspecies of the brown bear and lives in North America.

These beasts are awe-inspiring bears that prefer to live in solitary, other than the mother bears and their cubs, but at certain times you can see them in large congregations.  If you find yourself at the prime fishing spot in Alaska as the salmon are swimming upstream for their summer spawning, you may see grizzly bears in huge gatherings.  During this time of year, the bears will come together to have a huge fish feast because they are craving fats that will help them get through the winter ahead and hibernation.

 

All types of brown bears prepare for hibernation by digging a den, mostly in the side of a hill.  The females will give birth during hibernation, often having twins.

Though the grizzly bear is at the top of the food chain and are powerful beasts, much of the food they eat includes berries, nuts, leaves, roots, and fruit.  They will also eat other animals, from the large moose to the small mouse.

Most grizzlies have brown fur, though it can at times appear to have tips of white.  This quality is where their name comes from (grizzled).

Grizzly bears are very fast animals, despite their enormous size, and have been recorded going close to thirty mile an hour.  A grizzly bear can be very dangerous to humans, especially if they are surprised or if they inadvertently come between a cub and its mother. A roofing company in Dayton, OH learned this the hard way when a couple of their contractors accidentally got in between a mother bear and her two cubs!

Grizzly bears are protected by law in the continental United States where today only around one thousand remain.  They used to roam the Great Plains and throughout most of western North America.  You can still find them in the wild in Alaska and Canada, but hunters track them down to have as big game trophies.

 

 

 

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