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Bears are mammals in the Ursidae family found on the North American, South American, European and Asian continents.  Common characteristics among all species include large bodies with stocky legs, long snouts, shaggy hair, short tails, flat feet with nonretractible claws.

Other than during times of courting, bears are solitary animals.  They use caves, burrows and dens to hibernate during the winter.


Did you know... 

that not all species of bear hibernate?  Bears that live in warmer climates that have food available all year long don't have a need to hibernate.


Did you know... 

that there are eight species of bear in the world!


Name Colour Range Diet Size - Age Comments
North American Black Bear [Ursus americanus] Black & Brown.  Rare White bears in NW British Columbia. Florida in the south to Canada and north to Alaska. Ominvour - eats mainly vegetable matter. Males - 600 pounds.
Live up to 25 years in wild. 
- Most common bear in North America.
Brown Bear [Ursus arctos]  Black, brown & very light brown or blonde.  Look for the hump above the shoulders. Alaska, western Canada, parts of Washington, Montana & Wyoming.  Small populations in Europe & Asia. Diet depends upon habitat.  Some are mainly herbivors while others eat moose, caribou & elk. Largest bears live along cost of Alaska.  Interior bears are smaller.
Males 300-900 lbs.  Females 200-455.
This species is most widespread of all bear species. Grizzly bears are a subspecies of the brown bear.
Polar Bear [Ursus maritimus] White fur. Found throughout the Arctic region. Almost entirely carnivorous eating seals & small walruses & whales.  Might find some berries in summer. Among largest of all bears.
Male:  880-1500 lbs.
Female:  660 lbs.
White fur is translucent which allows sunlight to be absorbed by their black skin.
Asiatic Black Bear [Ursus thibetanus] Also known as Himalayan Black Bear or Moon Bear Long black fur with distinct cream-coloured patch on chest that is often crescent-shaped.  Large ears. Eastern Asia including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Taiwan & Vietnam. Mostly carnivours - mammals, birds, fish, molluscs, but do eat grasses, fruits, berries, seeds, nuts insects. Males 200-255 lbs.  Females weigh 110-225 lbs. Listed as Vulnerable due to loss of habitat & the harvesting of their bile & body parts.
Andean Bear [Tremarctos ornatus] also known as the Spectacled Bear Is a short-faced bear with blackish fur ranging from dark black to brown to reddish.  Most have beige-coloured markings across face that look like spectacles & upper chest. Found only in Andes mountains in South America. Mainly herbivours eating 5% meat. Males 175-275 lbs.  Females weigh 140-180 lbs. - Are an endangered species listed as Vulnerable.  It is illegal to kill them.
Giant Panda Bear [Ailuropoda melanoleuca] Looks like a giant black & white teddy bear. Restricted to six mountain ranges in western China. Eat only bamboo. Males weigh 176-275 lbs.  Females 155-220 lbs. A rare & elusive bear.  Listed as Endangered.
Sloth Bear [Melursus (Ursus) ursinus] with 2 subspecies:  Sri Lankan Sloth Bear & Indian Sloth Bear. Shaggy-haired stocky bears.  Have black hair with white U-shaped marking on chest.  Large lips, long tongue & pale muzzle.   Well-developed hook-like claws enable bears to climb trees & dig for termites.   These bears are nocturnal.  They do not hibernate.
Sun Bear [Ursus malayanus] Short black or dark brown fur with a yellow crescent on their chest.  Flexible snouts & very long tongues.  Has a crescent-shaped marking on chest similar to the Asiatic black bear. South east Asia:  Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam. Are great climbers & eat small mammals, birds, palm tree tips & fruits. Smallest species of living bear.  Males weigh 60-110 lbs.  


Fun bear facts....

- the cubs of bears that live in colder climates are born during hibernation;

- bear cubs are born with no teeth;  they cannot see or hear;

- the Sloth bear carries her cubs on her back for the first few months;

- cubs stay with their mother until they are 1 or 2 years old;

- because bears walk flat footed like humans, they are able to stand and walk upright;

- the claws on a bear's front paws are longer than the ones in the back - this makes climbing trees easier;

- Polar bears have partially webbed toes - great for swimming and walking on snow;

- Panda bears do not have heel pads - they walk on their toes!

- Although Koalas are called bears, they are not - Koalas are marsupials. 



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North American Black Bear [Ursus Americanus]

Grizzly Bear [Ursus arctos spp] 

Giant Panda Bear [Ailuropoda melanoleuca]

Polar Bear [Ursus maritimus]

Miscellaneous bear images


you are in bear country warning sign

Bear Warning - 1 

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Brown Bear

The scientific name for a Brown Bear is Ursus arctos.  This is a large bear that lives across North America and northern Eurasia.  The Polar Bear and the Brown Bear's subspecies, the Kodiak Bear, are the largest members of the bear family.

There are two main subspecies:  the Coastal Brown Bear and the inland Grizzly Bear.


Brown bear sitting on grass.

Brown Bear - 1
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Bear scat on granite rock.

Bear Scat - 1

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Bear scat.

Bear Scat - 2

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Bear scat on rock.

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"If all the beasts 
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