Brown / Grizzly Bear

Brown / Grizzly Bear Facts

Taxonomy:  While there has been much confusion about the taxonomy of brown bears (Ursus arctos), taxonomists agree there are at least two subspecies in North America — the grizzly bear…

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Is it Brown Bear or Grizzly?

We don’t know.  The mount came to us with no information about its place of origin.  It is probably a Kodiak or coastal brown bear from its large size and…

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Kodiak Bears

Kodiak bears (Ursus arctos middendorffi) live on Kodiak Island or one of the nearby islands off the coast of southwestern Alaska. These bears can be nearly as large as polar…

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Big Brown Bears

Kodiak bears are among the largest of all living bears, being comparable in size to polar bears.  Sixteen of the twenty largest brown bears killed by hunters have come from…

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Do grizzlies live in Minnesota?

No, not any more, although grizzly bears may have lived within 50 miles of Ely 5,000 to 8,000 years ago.  At that time, much of Minnesota was prairie.  Grizzly bear…

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