The grizzly bear is a subspecies of brown bear, and once roamed large swaths of the mountains and prairies of the American West. Today, the grizzly bear remains in only a few isolated locations in the lower 48 states, including Yellowstone and northwest Montana. In coastal Alaska, the Grizzly bear is known as the Brown bear. The difference is mostly attributed to where they live (coastal areas) and what they eat (salmon).
Grizzly bears live up to 25 years (in the wild), growing to 5-8 feet in length and upwards of 800 pounds. They are powerful, top-of-the-food-chain predators, yet much of their diet consists of nuts, berries, fruit, leaves, and roots. They’re almost vegans, but not quite, as they can also eat other animals, from rodents to moose, from time-to-time.
While we always keep clear of wildlife, so as to provide them the necessary space to remain comfortable, between the Black bear and Grizzly, the ‘Griz’ is the species you’d best keep extra distance. They can be dangerous to humans, particularly if surprised or if a person gets between a momma and her cubs.