Top 10 Grizzly Bear Facts

Author By: Jamie Finch on 22 Feb, 2018

Although America has been largely affected by mankind in some way, there are still some areas that are relatively untouched. Here, wildlife is able to live pretty much as though mankind was not around at all, including species that have been all but eradicated elsewhere. Alaska in particular is a state that has seen relatively little encroachment from people, and it is here that the famous grizzly bear is found. While the grizzly can be found living in some other states, it is in Alaska that they are most commonly found.

As a sub-species of the brown bear, grizzlies are fearsome predators. They are large, powerful beasts that are able to take down even large prey, and can attack and chase with surprising speed. They are also excellent at fishing and can pull large salmon straight from the water. In addition to eating meat, the grizzly also eats vegetables, insects, roots and pretty much whatever it can find. They have voracious appetites and are nearly always on the lookout for their next meal.

These amazing animals have often come into contact with people throughout history and have become a part of folklore. There are many stories about them, and there are also many incredible facts.

Grizzly Bear Fact #10: Large and Powerful

They may look cute and cuddly from a distance, but grizzlies are, in fact, very large and powerful creatures. They can also be very aggressive and we would have pretty much no defense against them should they attack. An adult male grizzly will weigh around 180-360 kg (400-790 lbs.), and females around 130-180 kg (290-400 lbs.). Those living coastal or inland will grow to different sizes, with grizzlies in the Yukon river areas weighing as little as 600lb, or 900lb for those living in coastal areas. They also tend to be around 6.50 ft long, and a little more than 3 feet at the shoulder.

This may seem surprisingly small, but they are packed with muscle and are incredibly powerful. Some giant individuals are occasionally found. Some coastal grizzles have been found weighing in at around 1,500lb. An individual of this size could be just under 10 feet tall when stood on its hind legs, and be just under 5 feet tall at the shoulder.

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