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.