Height: About 3–5 feet at the shoulder and 5–7 feet in length. Very large brown bears can measure almost 9 feet tall when standing on their hind legs.
Weight: Ranges from 200 to 1000 pounds depending on sex, location, and season
Average Life Span: 15–25 years
Did You Know? When laying down to rest, Alaskan brown bears dig “belly holes” to accommodate their food-filled bellies—the bigger the belly, the bigger the hole!
Brown bears (Ursus arctos) can be distinguished from American black and polar bears by their distinct shoulder hump, dish-shaped face, and long claws. They can vary in color from black to blonde.
Brown bears, also known as grizzly bears, can be found in many of our national parks. The name grizzly usually refers to bears living inland, away from the coast. While bears of the same species might look similar, everything from their size, coloring, diet, and sleeping patterns depend on the bear’s location. For example, a bear’s diet varies depending on what foods are available during a specific season in a specific region.