Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

Ursus arctos

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Quick Facts
Height: Standing: 7 to 9 feet; shoulder height: 3 to 5 feet
Weight: 200 - 1,100 lbs
Distribution: Northwestern North America
Habitat: Subalpine mountain areas, prefer river valleys, mountain forests, and open meadows
Wild Diet: Grasses, roots, berries, nuts, insects, fish, rodents, deer, elk and moose; they will also feed on scavanged carcasses
Zoo Diet: Natural balance (beef meat), veggie rotation, fruit rotation, fish, dry mazuri bear diet, dog chows, greens/lettuces, berries, cereal, hard boiled eggs, raisins, peanuts, grapes, whole prey such as rats and rabbits, beef shank bones and knuckle bones; their diet varies daily and seasonally.

Grizzly bears are sexually dimorphic (2 distinct gender forms): males may be 20% - 100% larger than females. Although they are usually dark brown, their coloration varies from cream to almost black. They are very strong and have an excellent sense of smell. They have a prominent shoulder hump, a snout that rises abruptly on the forehead, shaggy fur, long front claws and a face with a slightly dished profile.

Status in the Wild

Listed as II on CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna)

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