The Grizzly bear is a type of brown bear that was once plentiful in the western and northwestern United States. The animal is also known as the North American Brown Bear. The name "grizzly" comes from the light tips on the bear's fur, which gives it a grizzled or silvery appearance. The grizzly bear is a subspecies of the brown bear known as Ursus Arctos. Ursus Arctos Horribilis is the scientific name for the grizzly bear. Ursus is Latin for bear , and Arctos comes from Arktos, which is Greek for the word bear. Horriblilis is a Latin term that means horrible. Grizzly bears may be very light brown or dark brown. Grizzlies have large heads, dish-shaped faces, short round ears, and short tails.
The grizzly bear is a kind of brown bear. However, most of these bears are now considered the same subspecies. In North America there are two subspecies of brown bear Ursus arctos : the Kodiak bear, which occurs only on the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago, and the grizzly bear, which occurs everywhere else. Brown bears also occur in Russia, Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia. Grizzly bears are large and range in color from very light tan almost white to dark brown. They have a dished face, short, rounded ears, and a large shoulder hump. They have very long claws on their front feet that also give them extra ability to dig after food and to dig their dens. Grizzly bears weigh upward of pounds kilograms.
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Grizzly bear , traditional name given to brown bear s Ursus arctos of North America. Grizzly bears of the northern Rocky Mountains U. Grizzlies are massive animals with humped shoulders and an elevated forehead that contributes to a somewhat concave profile. The fur is brownish to buff, and the hairs are usually silver- or pale-tipped to give the grizzled effect for which they are named. Large adult grizzlies may be about 2.
Grizzly bears were once numerous, ranging across North America from California to the Great Plains, and from Mexico all the way up into Alaska. As with many species, westward expansion, human transformation of the landscape, and fear led to near-eradication of grizzly bears in the continental United States. When the grizzly bear was listed under the Endangered Species Act ESA in , the grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states was down to less than bears. Recognizing that human-bear conflicts were a leading cause of human-related grizzly bear deaths, Defenders initiated our grizzly bear conflict mitigation, or coexistence, program in the late s. Defenders works directly with local residents and communities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies on a wide variety of conflict prevention projects, largely on private lands. A primary example is our popular grizzly bear electric fencing incentive program. We see tremendous conservation value in providing financial support and technical expertise to build electric fence systems that effectively deter grizzly bears and other carnivores from accessing anthropogenic attractants.