A rather large grizzly bear gathering food from the surface of a log. Grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) are majestic symbols of the wild. With an average lifespan of 25 years in the wild, they are awe-inspiring giants and tend to be solitary animals, for the most part. Grizzly bears received their name because their brown fur can be tipped with white. This gives them a “grizzled” look, especially when blacklit.
The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and northwest Montana are the only areas south of Canada that still have large grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) populations. Grizzly bears were federally listed in the lower 48 states as a threatened species in 1975 due to unsustainable levels of human-caused mortality, habitat loss, and significant habitat alteration.
This grizzly is not wild. It spends most of the day as an ambassador for my wild cousins; educating visitors from all around the world about bear safety and conservation. Visit Brutus, Bella, Jake and Maggie at the Montana Grizzly Encounter, 80 Bozeman Hill Rd.Bozeman, Montana 59715.
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