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What is the biggest Kodiak bear ever recorded by weight?

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Clyde, a Kodiak brown bear, weighed 2,130 pounds at the time of his death in 1987 at the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck, N.D. He was 22. A year prior to his death, zookeepers estimated his weight was close to 2,400.

Kodiak bears and grizzlies are subspecies of brown bears. A large male Kodiak is approximately 10 feet upright and 5 feet on all fours. Females are substantially smaller. The largest bears live in coastal British Columbia, Alaska and the Kodiak Archipelago. Kodiaks are carnivores, but their diet consists mainly of nuts, berries, fruit, leaves and roots. Kodiaks, despite their enormous size, run at a speed of 30 mph. They are dangerous to humans if surprised, or when cubs are present.


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