ALBERTA'S GRIZZLY BEAR
Also referred to as Brown Bears
What do you if you
find yourself this close to a bear? Do not show fear (easier said
than done, I know) and do not turn and run. Slowly back and walk
away. The best way to avoid a confrontation is to NOT surprise
|The most famous
of Alberta's wildlife is the unpredictable Grizzly Bear. A
glimpse of this magnificent beast quickens the heart and raises
the blood pressure. Watch for them in open meadows, along
railway tracks, roadsides, lakeshores, and forest trails.
The best way to spot a bear is to watch for a group of excited
tourists standing and staring at something in the distance!!
They are immensely strong with massive
shoulders and can roll a 200 pound log or rock as if it were a
baseball. When chewing on prey, such as elk, bears can actually
crush the larger bones in their teeth! Despite this, a large portion
of their diet is roots, berries and grasses. They are very good
at picking berries as their lips are not attached to their gums.
Bears also eat insects, small animals and rarely, large game (they
will eat the kill of other animals and have been known to dine
on road-kill). Usually a bear will go after the young of big game
rather than the elder animals. They love fish and during the summer
when food is plentiful bears can pack on 1 kilogram of weight
per day. They need this for their winter sleep.
and fun animals, bears make great furry pets.
Grizzlies have brown or yellow tinted
coats of fur with white tips which give a grizzled appearance,
and thus the name. Some are as black as coal and others quite
light colored. The face is concave, eyes are small, ears are small
and rounded and you cannot miss the large hump at the shoulders.
While the brown bear's range has shrunk and it has faced local extinctions, it still has a total population of approximately 200,000 in North America. However, the Californian, North African (Atlas bear), and Mexican subspecies were hunted to extinction in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the Marsican brown bear in central Italy is believed to have a population of just 30 to 40 bears.
Can you out run an Grizzly?
Bears have large and flat paws with long deadly claws averaging
2 inches in length. Grizzly bears stand 6 to 9 feet tall and
mature bears can weigh 1,100 pounds.
is estimated there are only 500-700 Grizzly Bears left
in the wilds of Alberta. Grizzlies have evolved only
over the last 2 million years making them a relative
you cannot outrun a bear!
Good bets for viewing a Black
bear include, the Bow Valley expressway, Icefields Parkway,
Maligne Lake Road, and avalanche paths along the Yellowhead
Highway (located between Jasper and Edmonton)
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