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.Learn More
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game identifies the Kodiak bear as the largest kind of bear in the world. Kodiaks are a type of brown or grizzly bear found only on islands in the state's Kodiak Archipelago.Full Answer >
The world’s largest known bear from an existing species was an 11-foot-tall male polar bear that weighed 2,200 pounds, as Discovery News reported in February 2011. The largest recorded bear from an extinct species was at least 11 feet tall and weighed 3,500 pounds, according to National Geographic News.Full Answer >
Practice bear safety by avoiding bears, staying calm, not running and being "human." Understanding bear behavior can help both bears and humans survive encounters in the wild.Full Answer >
In most cases, the best thing to do after encountering a bear in the wild is to back away slowly while talking in a calm yet firm voice. In a developed area like a backyard or campground, the bear can usually be frightened away by loud noises. On public land, notify the park rangers if a bear enters a developed site.Full Answer >