Interesting Brown Bear Facts – Documentary Video for Kids' e-Learning and Education



brown bears are some of the largest land predators on average these bears reach the weight of 800 pounds and over six feet in length but some subspecies are known to grow up to be even larger there are documented cases where bears have been found to weigh 1,500 pounds it should be noted that sizes vary according to the location of the species but there is a regularity that applies to all populations adult males are up to ten percent larger than females all brown bears have a hump between their shoulders that combined with huge paws and long front claws to make them very powerful diggers the most well known subspecies of brown bear include grizzly European Syrian and Kodiak bears the world's largest brown bears are found in coastal British Columbia Alaska and Kodiak Island the Kodiak archipelago is the only place in the world where a genetically distinct Kodiak subspecies of brown bears occur currently 3,500 bears reside on the archipelago that's almost one bear per square mile bear cubs emerge in this world during the winter hibernation young cubs have almost a year to become strong enough to survive the following years hibernation female brown bears give birth and nurse a litter of Cubs during hibernation although this process is quite tiresome so over the winter females can lose close to 40% of their body weight at birth blind toothless and almost hairless bear cubs weigh less than one pound and have a body length of about 10 inches the single mother produces a litter of one to four offspring Cubs grow quickly from birth to maturity the weight of a brown bear increases by more than 1,000 times when adult bears wake up from hibernation bear cubs are already four months old and are strong enough to accompany their mother on food scavenging trips where they learn important survival lessons Cubs usually remain with their mother until the third or fourth year of their life and then they're usually ready to face life on their own the average lifespan of a brown bear is 20 to 30 years in the wild although there is a recorded instance where a bear reached the age of 47 in captivity despite their names brown bear coloration is often not fully brown or not brown at all there are several color variants that are inherent to these animals they range from a pale fawn to near black and greatly depend on the animals region where their ranges overlap the brown bear and the American black bear may be confused due to the potential similarities in coat color however the brown bear is usually larger with a snout that rises more abruptly to the forehead brown bear cubs are born with bright patches of fur on their necks and bellies but with age these patches gradually disappear although bears are known for their incredible sizes and clumsy movements don't let their appearance fool you when needed brown bears can sprint for short distances at speeds up to 30 miles per hour powerful bear paws have large claws that allow them to dig up dens reach out for food climb trees or get over various obstacles young bear cubs often climb trees adult individuals however rarely use this ability brown bears are also good swimmers they can even swim across long rivers and lakes bears are also known to swim for recreation especially during hot summer days brown bears use their powerful paws to dig into a hillside to make it dan the den can also be set up under a large stone or a fallen tree brown bears usually set up their dens for life they use them every year when hibernation season arrives a bear will only consider setting up a new den if the old one was critically damaged in order to spend winter time comfortably the brown bear lines its den with dried moss leaves or grass hibernation allows the bear to stay alive for a long period of time when there is little or no food available before hibernating brown bears have to accumulate significant fat reserves the hibernation period depends on the bear's place of habitat and lasts from 75 to 100 and 90 days in certain southern areas however hibernation is very short or may not occur at all bears boast an excellent memory and incredible cognitive abilities each bear has a unique personality based upon their life experiences and genetic heredity they're opportunistic omnivore lifestyle enables them to show elaborate and complex problem-solving behaviors for example these animals are known for their novel methods of obtaining food and distinct fishing techniques they'll always remember the best place for finding berries or mushrooms and know when their favorite snacks ripen experienced hunters claim that bears have learned how to outsmart many of their traps bears would roll rocks into the bear traps in order to extract the hidden treat with no harm also if the animal feels like it's being followed it will try to confuse hunters by masking its trail or choosing alternative routes to its den adult brown bears are powerful top of the food chain predators but despite their immense body size most of the brown bears diet is made up of nuts acorns berries fruit leaves and roots brown bears usually forage in the morning and evening and rest under dense vegetation during the day to avoid the afternoon heat when looking for food brown bears navigate through their habitats by using the most powerful of their senses hearing and smell sometimes bears may travel hundreds of miles to locate food when the food is located bears use their paws and claws to extract and consume the food the Bears most difficult part of the year is early spring when its main sources of food are hard to locate but since brown bears are omnivorous in such situations they will go after rodents slugs frogs fish and other small animals the largest bears are also known to attack young moose elk deer and sheep during the warm summer period where the feeding options are abundant bears try to accumulate as many reserves as possible in order to live through the cold winter they may chow down on as much as 90 pounds of food daily brown bears are the most widely distributed bears in the world they are found in some regions of North America Europe and Asia they can be found in various habitats from the fridges of deserts to high mountain forests and ice fields the animals usually choose areas with dense cover that can serve as shelter the modern habitats range of this animal is not as vast as it was before brown bears used to occupy bigger parts of Europe Asia the mountains of Morocco northern Africa and North America today the global population of brown bears is estimated to be about 200,000 in the United States the heaviest concentrations of brown bears occurs in Alaska their range in other states was reduced to less than 1% of its historical scope today brown bears are regarded as animals of least concern but there are many factors that threaten their future the main threats include hunting habitat destruction and fragmentation persecution and human bear conflicts particularly in areas where bears can interfere with livestock orchards or water supplies and human settlements bears are careful and elusive in nature the presence of a bear nearby can usually be told by the deep trails or paw tracks brown bears will always try to avoid contact with humans but since human settlements seem to be moving further into bear territory such contacts are becoming more common bears can be dangerous to humans particularly if surprised or if a person gets between a mother bear and her cubs bears are solitary animals except for females and their cubs but at times they do congregate dramatic gatherings can be seen at prime Alaskan fishing spots when the salmon swim upstream for summer spawning brown bears do not appear to be territorial although adult males may fight for dominance when a bear senses a threat to its existence it will emit a loud roar rise to its hind legs and try to knock the opponent down to the ground

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  1. White Tiger said:

    From America The Kodiak Bear Is The Largest.
    From Eurasia The European Turkish Or Finland Brown Bear Is The Largest.

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  5. Animal facts by Datacube said:

    This video will let you learn about brown bears – some of the most powerful land predators.
    Don't forget to check out our other videos and fun facts about animals (playlist): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnNj5Rsoa7cOOM4aUwzVcLm1GpqEd2o_l

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