About Our Grizzly Bears

Our bears range from 7 to 7 1/2 foot.( …But there are bears as big as 8-9ft in our area!) The bears we have are Barren-Ground Grizzly Bears.

large bear paw
large bear paw

Grizzly bears are one of the largest of the Bears. The size can vary between 300 and 800 lb. They carry a distinctive hump on their shoulders. This hump is the massive muscles of the bear. Also the grizzly bear has enormous claws that are two to four inches long. The claws and hump will help the bear dig his winter den.  Despite their massive size they mostly live off of berries, nuts and roots. Intermittently, the Grizzly may add to his diet a young moose, some fish, and  insects.  Just before winter hibernation, Grizzlies will put on weight. Sometimes it will be up to three pounds per day –maybe even 90 lb for the fall season!

Alaska has the healthiest population of grizzly bears. The long hairs hair have white tips giving the bear a grizzled appearance. They are fast runners and excellent swimmers. It is important to remember they have very good eyesight and even better sense of smell.

Spring GrizzlyMale Grizzlies prefer to live in solitude. Female Grizzlies made in the early summer but impregnation is delayed until October. Grizzly bears give birth to two or three 1 pound cubs in February. These Cubs will stay with their mother for 2 to 3 years period. The cubs will stay away from the dangerous male Grizzly bear.  Female grizzly bears will continue to nurse the cubs until April or May when they weigh about 20 lb. The bear cub are full-grown adults in 4-5 years.  Female bears reproduce every three to four years.