Did you know that brown bears and grizzly bears are really the same species of bear? Only their habitat differentiates them: brown bears live along coastal rivers and grizzly bears (often considered a sub-species of brown bear) live inland.
Actually, brown bears have a wide variety of fur colors, from blonde to black, sometimes even red. They come in a wide range of sizes, too. Adult grizzlies can weigh as little as 200 pounds, while salmon stuffed coastal brown bears top the scales at over 1500 pounds and stand over 10 feet tall.
They live more places than any other bear in the world: Alaska and the Northwestern United States; western Canada; much of northern Europe and Asia.
Forests, tundra, woodlands, meadows, and along rivers.
Brown bears eat anything and everything: fish, mammals (from rodents to moose), nuts, berries, grass, mushrooms, bugs, even carrion (dead animals).
Males are called boars, females are sows, and babies are cubs.
Cubs weigh less than a pound when born and stay with their mothers for 2 to 4 years.
Brown bears hibernate for 5-8 months each winter and can lose up to 40% of their weight.
Their claws are as long as a human finger.
Can run 35 miles per hour–nearly as fast as a race horse.
Not so fun fact: Though the grizzly bear is the state animal of California and appears on the state flag, the last wild California grizzly bear was shot in 1922, and they have been extinct in the state ever since.