Interesting facts about grizzly bears

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A cousin of the brown bear with a characteristic hump.

The grizzly bear got its name because of the color of its coat. This massive and dangerous animal inhabits open areas in the north of the North American continent. In the past, the range of these animals was much wider and even reached Mexico, but as a result of human activity in the United States, they were almost completely exterminated.

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Grizzly bear is a subspecies of brown bear.

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The grizzly bear lives in the northwestern part of North America.

It once inhabited almost the entire continent, but human activity has affected the range of these animals.
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The largest population of grizzly bears is in Alaska. About 30 people live there.

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In the United States, populations persist in Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, as well as in northwestern Montana and the northern reaches of Idaho.

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The name "grizzly" comes from the fact that their hair sometimes ends in white, giving them a gray appearance.

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The body length of a grizzly bear can reach up to 2,8 meters, but there are also smaller individuals whose length barely exceeds 1 meter.

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Grizzly bears can live up to 30 years in the wild, but most die before reaching 25 years of age.

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Grizzly bears can reach speeds of up to 55 km/h.

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Grizzly bears can weigh up to 680 kg. Males are approximately 1,8 times heavier than females.

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The claws on the front paws of these bears are very long, which helps them dig in the ground.

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Grizzlies live in open areas, such as mountain meadows and tundra. They prefer areas located around streams and rivers.

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They are omnivores. They eat both plant roots and their fruits, grasses and herbs. They also feed on fish, rodents, moose, deer and caribou.

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The grizzly delicacy is salmon.

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The grizzly bear was first scientifically described in 1815 by American naturalist George Auld.

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In a litter, a female can produce from 1 to 4 cubs.

Birth occurs in January or February, and the cubs remain with their mother in the den until spring. The mother takes care of her offspring for about 2 - 2,5 years, after which the cubs leave her and set off to conquer the world on their own.
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Grizzly bears can spend the winter in a den for up to 7 months.

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Also check out our article where we share interesting facts about all bears.

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