YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF WOWZERS AND WONDER FROM THE NATURAL WORLD
You wouldn’t want to find this week’s featured creature rummaging through your campsite at night.
But when admired from afar, these big, furry beasts offer plenty of Wowzerful things to explore.
Bear with us while we take a look!
Sitting near the top of the food chain, the massive grizzly bear rules the frigid mountains and coastlines of northwestern North America.
Weighing upwards of 363 kilograms (800 pounds), these hairy behemoths patrol areas of up to 965 kilometres (600 miles). That’s a whole lot of walking!
And if their size alone isn’t enough to impress you, get a load of this: their jaws are so powerful, they can apply up to 1200 PSI of pressure. That’s enough to crack a bowling ball!
But this sheer size and power can give the grizzly a bit of a bad rap. They’re loving parents too. Mother bears may spend as much as 3.5 years raising their cubs, teaching them how to survive in the harsh climates they call home.
They also don’t spend their entire day eating whatever poor animal happens to wander nearby. While they would love to sit down and enjoy a whole moose, bears are opportunistic omnivores — a fancy way of saying that grizzlies will eat what they can find. Fruits, nuts, leaves, roots, and berries are a big part of their diet as well!
While grizzly bears were once at risk and are still classified as threatened, the number of grizzlies roaming the wilds has improved in recent decades thanks to preservation efforts.
Grizzly bears aren’t just about raw power. They’re well-rounded hunters with excellent ears, eyes, and noses to help them track down their prey.
Don’t let that big bear body fool you. Grizzly bears can move! Grizzlies are capable of reaching 48km/h (30mph) in short bursts, and they do so with ease.
Grizzly cubs spend up to the first six months of their life blind and bald, relying on mama to keep them warm and safe before they can explore the world around them.
That hump on a grizzly bear’s back isn’t just for looks. It’s a massive bunch of muscle used to power their front legs when charging prey or digging out their cozy winter dens.
Meet Jeff, Bob and Screech, bear buddies who educate people about grizzlies.