(From the National Park's Conservation Association Website)
Factoid: Despite its large
size, the grizzly can reach speeds of 35 to 40 miles per hour.
Approximately 850 bears exist in the lower 48 states.
Threats to the survival of the grizzly bear include habitat
destruction caused by logging, mining and human development and
illegal poaching (illegal killings).
Grizzlies can live up to 30 years in the wild.
The grizzly's distinctive
features include humped shoulders, a long snout, long curved claws and a
grayish, silvery back. They can weigh anywhere from 350 to 800
pounds and reach a shoulder height of 4.5 feet when on all fours.
Standing on its hind legs, a grizzly can reach up to 8 feet.
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Grizzlies prefer rugged
mountains and forests undisturbed by human encroachment. They can
be found today in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Alaska, and Canada.
Some of a grizzly's
favorite foods include nuts, berries, insects, salmon, carrion and small
mammals. The diet of a grizzly varies depending on the season and
habitat. Grizzlies in areas of Alaska eat primarily salmon, while
grizzlies in high mountain areas eat mostly berries and insects.
Bears hibernate during the
winter, usually digging their own dens with their claws. They will often
choose the side of a slope where snow collects, providing good
insulation. Grizzlies need to eat a lot in the summer in order to
survive through a winter of hibernation. The grizzly defends its
breeding territory, and mothers fiercely guard their cubs.
National Parks: Grizzlies are
Park and Preserve, AK; Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve,
AK; Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve,
AK; Bering Land
Bridge National Preserve, AK; Kobuk Valley National Park,
National Preserve, AK; Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, AK;
Glacier National Park, MT; North Cascades National Park,
WA; and Yellowstone, WY.
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