This young female grizzly bear appeared to be catching snowflakes on her tongue, during a spring snow storm. Grizzly bears received their name because their fur can be tipped with white. This gives them a “grizzled” look.
This is Bella, a wild-born Alaska brown bear (grizzly) who now resides in Montana. Apparently, she lost her monther when she was a small cub and was too vulnerable and young to survive by herself. Visit Bella, Jake, Brutus and Maggie at the Montana Grizzly Encounter, 80 Bozeman Hill Rd.Bozeman, Montana 59715.
Grizzly bears once roamed throughout the entire western U.S. south into Mexico including the Great Plains and along rivers in desert habitats. Control actions and habitat loss extirpated them from 98 percent of their original habitat in the U.S. including the Great Plains and all habitats south of Yellowstone National Park and Teton National Parks in Wyoming including California, Idaho and Washington.