Mammal

Brown Bear

Area: 
Northwestern North America, northern Asia, Europe, northern Africa, and the Middle East
Habitat: 
Forests, open fields, mountain highlands, semi-dessert, and tundra
Food: 
Roots, berries, insects, mammals, and fish
Size: 
6 to 9 1/2 feet long, 3 to 4 feet tall at the shoulder; males are bigger than females
Babies: 
Female gives birth to 2 cubs during the winter; they stay with their mother for about 2 years.
Adult male bears are called boars. Adult females are called sows.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear

 

 

Brown bears are brown, right? Well, maybe! They come in all sizes and shades, from a light cream color to almost black.  Grizzly bears are a type of brown bear, but not all brown bears are grizzlies! Grizzly bears get their name because their fur is brownish next to the skin, but tipped with white or tan.

 

One thing all brown bears around the world have in common is a hump of muscle on their back between the shoulders. Combined with huge paws and long front clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons., the muscles make these animals powerful diggers. They dig up food like roots, but also sometimes need to dig into a hillside to make a denThe home or dwelling of an animal, usually in the ground, a tree hollow, or a cave..

 

Brown bears can spend four to six months a year curled deep in sleep in a denThe home or dwelling of an animal, usually in the ground, a tree hollow, or a cave.. This "winter sleep" allows the bears to stay alive for a long period of time when there is little or no food available to them.