Brown Bears Facts

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The brown bear (Ursus arctos) is the second biggest bear after the polar bear. They live in mountains and forest areas of North America, Asia, and Europe. They are not always Brown and can sometimes have black or cream fur.

Brown Bears Facts for Kids

  • Brown bears are omnivores
  • They sometimes are known as “grizzly bears” in North America
  • The Brown bear is found in northern Europe, Canada, Asia, and North America
  • They like to eat berries, small mammals, fish, plants, and nuts.
  • The Brown bear hibernates in spring
  • They dig dens for winter hibernation
  • A brown bear can live for up to 25 years
  • They can weigh up to 700 pounds
  • Brown bears can run fast, up to 30 miles per hour


How long do Brown Bears Live?

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They have a long lifespan and can live up to 25 years, sometimes longer in the wild. In captivity, they can live up to 45 years old.

When do brown bears hibernate?

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Brown bears hibernate in the winter; during this time, food is not readily available. To get ready for hibernation, they eat more during fall to store up body fat.

During fall, they get their dens ready and usually enter their shelters in September to December and emerging around March to May.

Brown bears do go into a deep sleep during the winter months; this is called torpor.

They hibernate to escape the cold and because food is scarce

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