As apex predators, grizzly bears have no natural enemies in the wild. The only real threat to the grizzly bears' existence is human interference. Hunting and habitat loss have dramatically reduced grizzly bear numbers in North America.
The grizzly bear, a large North American subspecies of the brown bear, can grow up to 8 feet in height and weigh over 800 pounds. Although the grizzly bear is capable of preying on large mammals such as moose, it is an opportunistic feeder and consumes a wide variety of vegetation as well. In the winter, grizzly bears find suitable dens in which to hibernate. Pregnant females usually give birth during this time.Learn More
According to the National Wildlife Foundation, there are an estimated 32,500 grizzly bears remaining in the wild in the United States as of 2014. Of these, 31,000 are in Alaska, and the remainder are spread throughout the United States and Canada.Full Answer >
The primary way black bears defend themselves is by avoiding danger. When they cannot avoid danger, their first response is to climb a tree. Black bears are remarkable climbers and the only bear species in North America that do so as adults, although their climbing ability declines with age.Full Answer >
A bear's habitat depends largely on the type of bear and its location in the world as bears are found in both wooded and open environments. However, most bears prefer densely sheltered areas for sleeping during the day.Full Answer >
A female bear is called a sow. Male bears are called boars, and a group of bears is called a sloth. There are eight species of bears living throughout the world: Asiatic black, black, brown, polar, panda, sloth, sun and spectacled.Full Answer >