Bear Facts
Bear Facts Brown Bear
Click to enlarge Photo Courtesy of John Hyde

Bear Facts in Katmai

Latin name: Ursus Arctos-Horribilis
    With a length of 7-10 feet and males weigh 400-1200 lbs and females 200-800 lbs. They are colored dark brown to even a light blond. The Alaska population is estimated to be between 35,000-45,000. It has been documented that the life span of brown bears can be 30-35 years old.

The facts on Bear concentrations

    The Alaska Peninsula has some of the highest densities of Brown Bears in the world. It is to be expected that wherever you go in the state you have the opportunity to see bears. Bear concentrations are highest in places where human density is lowest and also where an abundance of their food source persists.

Bear Facts
Click to enlarge While this bear coloring might fool you it is an Alaskan brown Bear

Recognition facts

    Brown bears have a concave dish shaped face with black or brownish paws. Brown bears have a hump on their shoulder that is a mass of muscle that enables a bear to dig and use their paws with extreme force. They use their long curved claws to dig up roots and bulbs of plants and to dig den sites for the winter.




Facts on The
Best Bear Viewing Times

    As a general rule bears will flee when they see humans. The best bear viewing is done in the morning and evening hours of the day but during the intense feeding periods of the summer salmon spawn they can be regularly seen during the day. As their food source becomes less concentrated their ranges increase. Finding food, finding mates, and avoiding being hunted dictate a brown bear´s life.

Bear facts Understanding Bear Behaviors

   These are the bear facts In general, bears will avoid humans and understanding brown bear behaviors and acting accordingly secure your safety. Brown bears are not hateful, spiteful, or malicious animals searching out humans. Bears are social animals and are considered not to be territorial as they share home ranges. On the other hand bears will defend their personal space and each social setting is often dictated by a social hierarchy. It must be understood that the bear is at the top of the food chain and have very few predators and fears. As many fishing guides in the state know bears often don´t even look up as they walk the well worn paths of rivers and lakes. Not always being aware of their surroundings it is important that we as humans take precautions to let it be known where we are and not to surprise or get in a bears personal space.

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Bear Facts & Misconceptions

    Seen in the movies a standing bear is depicted to be very aggressive. The bear fact is that bears stand to get a better look around, to smell, and get a different perspective into what attracted their attention. There are many misconceptions about bear facts and we at Alaska Adventures want to dispel these bear myths and promote, and cultivate a reverence and respect for these wonderful creatures. The bear facts are simple brown bears are not dangerous unless people provoke them 99% of bear attacks are provoked by inproper human interaction.These are the bear facts.

The Bear Facts on Brown Bear Mating

Brown bear mating takes place during early May thru mid July (bear facts). Male brown bears typically mate with several different females during the mating season. Cubs are born hairless weighing approximately 1 pound in the den between the months of January and February. The average size bear litter is between 1 and 3 cubs with 2 cubs being the most common. Typically brown bears seperate from there mother bear at the age of 2.

Brown Bear Gestation Facts

After mating, the female bear fertilised eggs undergo delayed development and do not implant in the female’s womb until around November, this is to insure that the female has gained enough weight and nutrition over the summer to insure her survival and give the unborn cubs the best chance of a healthy birth. The actual number of eggs that will be implanted is directly effected by how nutritionally nourished the female bear has become over the summer months. These are the facts on brown the brown bear.