Into the wild

Into the wild

Grizzly Bear Turned Photographer

Grizzly bears sure are curious animals! Check out this grizzly bear attempting to become a photographer - too cute!

Check out the video and see for yourself! Canada's Newest Wildlife Photographer Inspects Camera Tripod

Biggest Threat to the Grizzly Bears

Who or what is really the biggest threat to the grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park? Take a guess, and then watch this video to find out if you're right.

Surprising Culprit Threatening Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

Grizzly Bear Diet

Grizzly bears are great protein eaters, but unlike the lions, tigers, and polar bears who are pure meat eaters (also known as “carnivores”), grizzlies are “omnivores”. An omnivore eats both meat and fruits and veggies. Grizzlies will happily devour vast amounts of salmon during the salmon runs or wolf down a moose or elk they come upon. They will also move a ton of earth to get at a squirrel (who most often escapes), too, but most of a grizzly’s diet consists of berries and other plants. During the late summer and early fall.

Weight and Diet of Grizzly Bears

The average adult Grizzly can easily weigh in at 700 pounds or more. Male Grizzlies can range up to 1,700 pounds, while large females can weigh up to 800 pounds. The Kodiak Grizzlies, named for their home on Kodiak Island in Alaska, are a little larger and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds, although their average weight is often between 1200-1500 pounds, with the Kodiak Grizzly females ranging up to 1,000 pounds. This weight difference among these two types of grizzlies is due to their diet.

Surviving the Cold Winter

In order to survive the cold winter, grizzly bears eat a great deal of food during the spring, summer, and fall, gaining as much as 2 pounds of body weight per day, so that they can live off of their body fat during their winter hibernation.

The Incredible Speeds of Grizzly Bears

Although grizzly bears can weigh up to 1700 pounds or more, they are incredibly fast runners, and can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. Despite their massive size, they are quite agile and can turn on a dime. Don’t ever try to outrun a grizzly bear, because they can run the length of a football field in less than 7 seconds, which is much quicker than the fastest human runner on earth.

To watch a grizzly bear run at incredible speeds, click here.

Protective Female Grizzly Bears

The female Grizzly Bear is the one of the most protective mothers on this earth. She will battle male Grizzlies twice her size, or anyone else, man or beast, who threatens her cubs. She will also risk her own life to keep them safe from natural or man made hazards in order to protect them. Watch this video of a mother Grizzly Bear protecting her young cubs from the dangers of a waterfall. This is just one example of what a mother Grizzly Bear will do to keep her cubs safe. Enjoy the adventure and admire this mother bear’s courage…

Grizzly Mom and Cubs

Female grizzly bears give birth to cubs during their hibernation. Each brand new cub weighs about 1 pound, usually with the births taking place in January or February. By the time they emerge from their hibernation in April or May, after nursing in their den throughout those months, the cubs weigh in at about 20 pounds, and are rambunctious, adorable, and ready to explore their new world.

Bear Signs

Love these signs! Watch for bears and always drive carefully!

More bear signs!.jpg Love these signs!  Watch for bears and always drive carefully!_0.JPG

The Mighty Grizzly

The female grizzly is the most protective mother mammal. They will fight to their death to defend their cubs from any threat, even male grizzlies twice their size. The most dangerous situation is when a female grizzly is surprised when with their cubs. On July 6, 2011, two hikers from Southern California were visiting Yellowstone Park, hiking a popular trail, when they came across a female with two cubs. In a blink of an eye, the female grizzly sought to remove her perceived threat, lashing out at the hikers.