The brown bear is the most widely found bear in the world, they can be found in North America (mostly Alaska and Western Canada which are homes to the largest brown bears), in Asia and in Europe (largely Russia). Females and their cubs stay together, but brown bears are largely solitary animals. During the summer when it is salmon spawning season, dozens of bears can be seen gathering at prime Alaskan fishing spots to feast on fish to sustain them through their winter hibernation. Hibernation is similar to a prolonged sleep where the body temperature and heart rate get lower to help the animal conserve their energy when sufficient food is not readily available. A bear can weigh up to twice as much before hibernation as they will after. Brown bears will dig dens for their hibernation, usually on a hillside. She-bears, or the female brown bear, usually give birth to two cubs during their hibernation. The cubs will nurse on their mother’s milk until the spring and will stay with her for around two and half years before going out on their own. Considering the large size of brown bears, they can be quite fast, getting up to speeds of 30 miles per hour (or 48 km). They can be dangerous to humans if surprised or if a person tries to get between a mom and her cubs, they are very protective of their offspring. Kodiak bears are endemic only to the Kodiak archipelago off the Alaskan coast, they are a large subspecies of brown bear.
|Diet||Omnivore: Salmon, nuts, berries, leaves, roots, rodents, moose|
|Size||5 - 8 feet|
|Average Life Span||25 years|
|Group Name||Sloth or Sleuth|
|Protection Status||Not Threatened|