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 the facts.

15 Must-Know Grizzly Bear Facts To Survive

1. Grizzlies are surprisingly fast.

Grizzly bears have been reported to reach speeds up to 30 MPH.

2. There are fewer grizzlies in the United States than you might think.

There are only about 1,00 grizzly bears left in the United States.

800 living in Montana and 600 living in Wyoming.

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 1100lb walking beast of muscle. But in certain parts, they can be much much smaller. Smaller than a black bear, 250-300lbs.

6. Sleep

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. Grizzly bears can be scared of you

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.

8. Grizzly bears are 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.

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 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. 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.


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.

Here are a few more amazing facts about these bears.

Have you ever encountered a grizzly bear in the wild? Let us know below in the comments.

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