Bears, they’re portrayed as nice, fun, and fluffy creatures in Disney movies. But the reality is, nothing you could face on earth would petrify you more. Bears are a force to be reckoned with. I wish you never encounter one when you don’t intend to. With that being said, here are 15 interesting facts about grizzly bears.
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Table of Contents
- 1. Faster Than They Are Big
- 2. Grizzly Grizzly… Gone
- 3. Grizzly Or…
- 4. More Moths Please
- 5. That’s a Grizzly Bear?
- 6. Sleep
- 7. More scared of you than you are of them
- 9. Grizzly bears are fairly new to North America
- 10. Yes, they climb trees too.
- 11. 4 Inches and Razor Sharp
- 12. 90 lbs of Chow
- 13. It’s Official
- 14. They Know You’re There.
- 15. Black is Back
- Test Your Knowledge
1. Faster Than They Are Big
Grizzly bears have been reported to reach speeds up to 30 MPH.
2. Grizzly Grizzly… Gone
There are only about 1,00 grizzly bears left in the United States.
800 of them living in Montana and 600 living in Wyoming. In total, there are about 55,000 total Grizzly Bears in North America.
3. Grizzly Or…
They are also known as North American brown bears.
4. More Moths Please
Yellowstone reported that grizzly bears in the month of August eat up to 40,000 moths per day.
5. That’s a Grizzly Bear?
These bears can much smaller than you may think. When you think of a grizzly bear, you picture a monstrous 1100 lb walking beast of muscle. But in certain parts, they can be much much smaller. Smaller than a black bear, 250-300lbs.
They hibernate for 5-7 months of the year except where the climate is warmer
Imagine if we could go to sleep for 6 months in October and wake up to warm weather.
7. More scared of you than you are of them
You can actually scare a bear into running away from you. It’s actually the right thing to do instead of running which is a death sentence.
Have you ever met a 6’8 300lb man that’s also shy? How about a 1300 lb killing machine that’s also insecure and shy?
That’s right. They are naturally shy in general won’t attack you out of the gate. They are very protective and generally won’t attack unless they feel threatened.
But don’t get the wrong idea, invade their space in the wild and you’ll have a bad time if you make it out alive.
9. Grizzly bears are fairly new to North America
Grizzly bears have been on the planet for about 1.3 million years.
10. Yes, they climb trees too.
Since grizzlies are so large, they’re not thought of as being able to climb like smaller black bears. But actually, they can. So climbing that tree to escape one isn’t the best idea.
11. 4 Inches and Razor Sharp
Their claws can grow up to about 4 inches long.
12. 90 lbs of Chow
I eat maybe 2 or 3 lbs of food a day, which isn’t much at all.
These bears can eat up to a whopping 90 lbs of food, per day.
13. It’s Official
The grizzly bear has been the official state animal of Montana since 1982. It seems appropriate since Montana has such a large population of them.
14. They Know You’re There.
Grizzly bears can smell food for miles and miles away. Think about that.
So can they smell you from miles away?
15. Black is Back
Grizzly bears aren’t all always brown. They can also be more on the dark black side making them look like a black bear.
Test Your Knowledge
Want to test your knowledge on these wild animals?
This Grizz Quiz video made by National Geographic will test how much you know about them.
Yes, there are some interesting things about grizzly bears. It makes you want to go pet one on its belly. But don’t be mistaken, they are one of the few animals that you never want to even have a close encounter with.
Bear hunting isn’t for the meek.
If you want to know more about these killing machines, watch this video of amazing grizzly bear facts. Remember, the more you know about potential threats, the more prepared you’ll be if you were to encounter them in the wild on a camping or hunting trip.
Have you ever encountered a grizzly bear in the wild?