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Kodiak Brown Bear
Kodiak Brown Bear
Mammal. Kodiak brown bears are a unique subspecies of the brown bear. They are the largest of all bears in stature, but polar bears can be heavier. The male grows larger than the female, rising up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) high on all fours and reaching up to 3 meters (10 feet) high when standing on two legs. If threatened, a charging brown bear can reach a speed of 48 kilometers (30 miles) per hour. Brown bears are omnivorous and depend upon their keen sense of smell, more than their hearing or sight, to locate food or inspect their surroundings. They hibernate during the coldest months, emerging again in spring.
Scientific Name Lifespan
Ursus arctos middendorffi Usually less than 20 years
Omnivore. Fish (salmon is a favorite), mammals, grass and other plants.
Predators and Threats
Islands in the Kodiak Archipelago, a large group of islands about 30 miles off the coast of Alaska. They have been isolated from other bears for about 12,000 years.