Powerful giants roaming Canada’s vast forests
A grizzly bear’s most distinguishing feature is the hump between its shoulders, a piece of pure muscle that makes it a formidable hunter. While grizzlies are apex predators, the majority of their diet is made up of nuts, berries, and roots. All that muscle weight doesn’t slow grizzly bears down – they can run up to 55 kilometres an hour.
- IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (at relatively low risk of extinction)
- Type: Mammal
- Habitat: Forests and sub-alpine regions of western Canada and the United States
- Diet: Omnivore – berries, leaves, and fish
- Size: 5 to 8 feet
- Weight: 800 pounds
Facts about our animals
Fun Facts about Grizzly Bears
They consume 90 pounds of food per day.
Grizzly bears are primarily solitary, but mothers will stay with their cubs for at least two years.
They are opportunistic eaters who will eat carrion and dig for clams.
Grizzlies will come together to hunt salmon.
A grizzly’s claws can be up to four inches long.
Their name comes from how their hairs often have white tips, giving them a grizzled appearance.
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