AMERICAN BROWN BEAR

The largest grizzly bears – U. arctos middendorffi – can be found on Kodiak Island which has one of the densest bear populations in the world. Alaska's Katmai National Park is another excellent location to see this impressive mammal. Large numbers gather here each summer to feed on spawning salmon. Other top spots include Alaska's Denali and Wrangell-St Elias National Parks, as well as British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest and Knight Inlet.

VITAL STATISTICS

Brown bear

Ursus arctos

 

Length Up to 2.8m

Weight Up to 390kg

Did you know... brown bears vary considerably in size depending on the subpopulation. The largest grizzlies are found in Alaska and British Columbia.

RANGE & HABITAT

The brown bear can be found in boreal forest, tundra, mountain and coastal habitats across the northern hemisphere. Once widespread in North America (including the central plains), they are now restricted to Western Canada, Alaska and the states of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington.

STATUS

With a global population of around 110,000 and an expansive range, the brown bear is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. However, isolated subpopulations (particularly in Europe) are vulnerable to habitat loss, hunting and disturbance – and all brown bears are considered a high priority for conservation.

CONSERVATION

Support the following organisations working to protect North America's brown bears:

 

International Association for Bear Research and Management

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Vital Ground Foundation

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