The grizzly bear is one of the USA
wildlife symbols. It is the North American subspecies
of the brown bear. This large mammal is an aggressive
predator with no natural enemies, which make it to be
placed at the top of the food chain. Despite being big
in size, they can be quite fast. Also, they need a lot
of space to live, although they are normally seen alone.
Their life expectancy is of an average twenty five years.
Another interesting fact is that this species uses their
extremely developed sense of smell to identify treats
and to find food for themselves and for their family,
which is constituted of a female and its cubs.
The grizzlies have a varied diet, including fruits,
berries, leaves, nuts, fish, insects, honey, and roots.
They are great at fishing, grabbing the fish with their
big paws when they jump up river, or focusing on the
fish swimming nearby so that they can jump on top of
it, smashing the fish at the bottom of the river. The
grizzly bear, like most bears, hibernate during winter
and stock food during summer and fall. They dig dens
that normally have nice views for the hibernation period.
The female is much smaller than the male and reproduces
every other year, having one to four cubs (they commonly
have two offspring - twins).
In the past, the grizzlies were easily found in North
America. Canada and the USA had large populations. The
USA states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Washington,
Oregon, California, Arizona, Alaska, New Mexico, Utah,
North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Nevada,
Oklahoma, and Texas could claim the presence of the
bear. However, after years and years of unlimited hunting,
they can only be found in reserves, including the Yellowstone
National Park, which are located mainly in Wyoming,
Montana, Idaho, Washington, and in most of Alaska and
Canada. As we can see, they are nearly extinct from
the USA southwestern states. Nowadays, there are only
about 1,000 bears in continental USA.
The Yellowstone National Park is the reserve where the
largest population of grizzly bear can be found. The
protection it offered this wildlife symbol helped to
increase their numbers to an extent that the USA federal
government is now considering that they don,t need the
Endangered Species Act protection anymore. This polemic
subject is causing a lot of reaction from those who
think that removing the grizzlies from the endangered
species list would cause the bear population to decrease
again. So, taking into account all these facts, the
future of the grizzly bear is yet to be seen.
The grizzly bear is one of the USA wildlife symbols.
It is the North American subspecies of the brown bear.
This large mammal is an aggressive predator with no
natural enemies, which make it to be placed at the top
of the food chain.
About the Author:
Lucien Oliveira is a freelance writer with strong interest
nature and wildlife. You can find more about bears,
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