The Grizzly Bear

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The words Grizzly Bear can cause fear in most people. Grizzly Bears are dangerous, and seem more dangerous than even their cousins the Black Bear. If you search on line for them, most of the videos are about these bears hunting, or fighting with other animals such as wolves, and attacking humans.

The Grizzly Bear is in the family of North American brown bears. Their range today is western Canada and Alaska, down into Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. At one time they roamed the Great Plains, the Southwest U.S. and into northern Mexico. The Californian bear mother and cubGrizzly is unfortunately now extinct.

The term grizzly should not be confused with “grisly” which means horrible, grotesque, gruesome. The word grizzly actually comes from the word “grizzled”, which means the tips of their hair are golden or grey. This gives them a very distinctive look.

These animals are very large, with females over 400 lbs., and males can be almost 800 lbs. I was surprised to find, that even though they eat meat, they are in practice omnivores, which means they eat plants and animals. They hunt big game, such as deer, elk, and moose, but they also eat a lot of fish if they are available. Believe it or not they actually eat Black Bears, which are smaller than Grizzlies. In some regions they go high into the mountains in the summer, to eat a certain type of moth. How can such a large animal survive by eating moths? By eating 40,000 of them a day! They hibernate in colder climates for 5-7 months out of the year. In warmer climates, or in areas where there is lots of food, they do not hibernate. grizzly bear 3

I have chosen a short video that has no hunting or attacking, there is only a mother and her cubs, walking in snow, and coming down the mountain. It is beautiful.

Have a great week!

 

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

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17 thoughts on “The Grizzly Bear

  1. It’s great to learn a little about this majestic animal. There was a Japanese wildlife photographer whose award-winning work focused on Alaska, it’s wilderness, beauty and the Grizzly bear. I always felt awe when viewing his work. Unfortunately, he met his end by a Grizzly. I don’t think he was doing anything stupid or silly to antagonise it. Just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, which is always a risk for even the most weathered veteran. I loved this video & Sir David Attenborough’s narration 🙂

  2. Very interesting and lovely post regarding this gorgeous animal. I am terrified of bears, we have many black bears here, they have been forced out of their habitats by humans and come to visit our rural areas if food is left outside. Thank you for dedicating this post to this beautiful animal.

    1. Yes black bears are common in alot of areas. All wild bears are dangerous but I think the black bear is less so compared to the grizzly. Glad you liked it!

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