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Here are 21 facts about bears cutting across different species.

Large Grizzly Bear : Facts about bears

A Large, Adult Grizzly Bear

Bears are well-known animals: some species more well-known than others. Here are some little known facts about them cutting across some of the different bear species alive today.

1) A group of bears is called a sloth or sleuth.

2) The polar bear is the largest of all bears. Males of the species can measure up to 3 meters (10 feet) long and weigh 680 kg (1,500 lbs.) That’s actually about the combined weight of eight human adults. Females are about 50 percent smaller than the males.

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Meet one of the most commonly seen and well-known bears on the North American continent: The American Black Bear.

American Black Bear

American Black Bear, Riding Mountain Park, Manitoba, Canada (Author: Diginatur/Wiki Commons cc 3.0)

The American black bear is a medium-sized bear that’s native to North America. It’s actually the smallest among the three bear species found in North America: black bears, brown bears, and polar bears. This bear is the most common and widely distributed among all bear species in that region.

In fact, it’s also the world’s most common bear species.

Unlike the grizzly bear, they don’t have a pronounced shoulder hump. Also, they don’t have retractable claws and this allows them to climb trees very well.

Though they are called ‘black,’ many variations in color exist. In the east most are black with a brown muzzle, in the west some are brown, cinnamon, or even blonde-colored. There are even some with white-bluish fur: these are known as Kermode (glacier) bears and they exist only in coastal British Columbia in Canada.

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Everything you need to know about bear attacks especially when you’re in bear country.

Polar Bear With Cubs: Bear attacks

A She-Bear With Cubs Must Be Avoided By All Means.

With an average weight of 454 kg. (1,000 lbs.), and sharp claws, it’s obvious that bears can do some serious damage to the human body.

But the operative word here is ‘can’ not ‘will.’ They won’t just attack you out of nowhere.

In fact, human encounters with bears happen quite often yet aggressive behavior is rare and full-on bear attacks are even rarer.

Most bears would rather avoid you anyway as they are as frightened and as startled as you are to see them.

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Learn every detail you need to know about the spectacled bear.

Spectacled Bear Or Andean Bear

The Spectacled or Andean Bear.

The spectacled bear is a solitary bear that’s only found in the Andes mountain range of the South American continent. This bear is actually the only bear native to South America. In the wild, its territory ranges from Northwest Argentina, to Peru, Venezuela and Brazil.

This bear species is the only surviving species of native bear in South America and the only extant short-faced bear from its subfamily: Tremarctinae. They have a more rounded face and shorter snout when compared to other living bears like the polar bear, or brown bear.

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Here’s some evidence, and a video, that shows just how puny the largest bears today look compared to the now extinct giant prehistoric bears.

Restoration of the cave bear: Giant Prehistoric Bears

Life Restoration Of European Cave Bear (Author: Sergiodlarosa cc by-s.a. 3.0)

If you think Kodiak bears and Polar bears are scary at maximum heights in the range of 3 meters (9.8 feet), wait till you read about some of the giant prehistoric bears we’ve got lined up for you. Some easily weighed up to 3,500 pounds and stood at 3.7 meters (12 feet tall).

Also, if fossil evidence is anything to go by, these bears were among the most fearsome land predators and in the company of dinosaurs, and mammoths (though the mammoth was herbivorous).

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What Do You Get From Crossing A Grizzly Bear And A Polar Bear? A Polar-Grizzly Bear Hybrid.

A Specimen of the polar-grizzly bear hybrid

A Specimen Of The Polar-Grizzly Bear Hybrid (Courtesy: Sarah Hartwell Messybeast cc by-s.a. 3.0)

Before 2006, the polar-grizzly bear hybrid was something that was known to occur among bears of both species while in captivity.

But all that changed when the first documented grolar or pizzly bear specimen was shot in the wild in the Canadian Artic area that same year.

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The brown bear is the most widespread and well-known species of bear alive today.

An Ussuri brown bear of Hokkaido

An Ussuri Brown Bear Of Hokkaido (Author: MiNe sfmine79/Wikimedia Commons cc 2.0)

The brown bear is the most widely distributed bear species worldwide and is one of the largest land carnivores alive today. The only other bear that can rival it in size is its close relative, the polar bear.

There are many subspecies of the brown bear, and it’s generally very well-known among humans wherever they inhabit. They are so popular that they are the favorite state and national symbols and sports team mascots in many countries.

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The image of the California Grizzly Bear is almost everywhere you go in the state but you won’t find any real grizzly bears in the wild there. Here’s why.

A Male Grizzly Bear

A Male Grizzly Bear On The Move

 If you’ve had anything to do with the state of California, USA, you may have noticed that there’s the image of a big grizzly bear on the state flag.

Also, if you’ve been to California lately, you would notice that there are bears on the street signs, shop signs, and almost everywhere but there are no real grizzly bears to be seen! So, you’re probably wondering why this is so.

Well, historical accounts state that they used to be at least 10,000 grizzly bears roaming freely in California alone.

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