Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53870

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Ursidae
Genus:Ursus
Genus species:Ursus arctos

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:1.8-2.13 m
Height:1.3 m
Weight:147-680 kg
Identification:The coat color of the grizzly bear can vary from yellowish-brown to black. This animal has a large muscular hump over its shoulders.
Habitat:River valleys, mountain forests, open meadows
Diet:Omnivore: grasses, roots, berries, nuts, insects, fish, rodents, other small and large mammals
Reproduction:The breeding season falls between May and July. Females delay implantation of the fertilized egg until the fall. Gestation lasts 180-250 days with 1-4 cubs being born January-March. The cubs remain with their mother from 2.5-4.5 years.
Grizzly bears are normally found alone, although small groups consisting of a mother and her cubs can been seen. Siblings may also remain together for 1-2 years after leaving their mother. At feeding sites, there is a male-dominated hierarchy.
Behavior:Grizzly bears are active during the morning and evening. Females will sometimes use the same dens for consecutive litters.
Status:Threatened: habitat destruction, poaching
Interesting Facts:Grizzly bears are a subspecies of the brown bear. They can stand up to 2.7 meters tall on their hind legs. Home ranges for these animals can extend up to 500 miles.

Other Information

Geographic:North America
Central Europe
Western Europe
Russia
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Grizzly bear
Brown bear
Ursus
Bears
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals