The grizzly bear is one of the largest mammals in North America even larger than the black bear. Male grizzly bears usually stand about 7 feet tall and weigh from 300 to 1500 pounds. Female grizzlies are a lot smaller than males. They weigh between 200 and 800 pounds. Because of their enormous weigh, grizzlies usually walk slowly and clumsily with its head swinging back and fourth but their massive muscles allow it to run the speed of a horse when it is necessary. Grizzly bears usually walk on all four legs but they stand when they are observing their surroundings or feel threatened by an enemy. These amazing creatures have sharp curved claws, strong shoulders, and a thick yellowish brown to dark brown fur to protect them from cold. The grizzly bears also have a tail but it is almost completely hidden within the fur.
Grizzly bears are known by a lot of people as carnivores (meat eaters) but only 15 percent of their diet is meat. They eat many different plants such as nuts, berries, fungi, sprouts, grasses and roots. Insects, fish, rodents, and other mammals are also part of their diet. Grizzly bears catch salmons when they migrate upstream with their powerful claws or their jaw. Sometimes it will even pin the fish with its paw to the bottom of the stream. To catch small rodents, the grizzly bear will dig deep into the ground to search for their dens. Before the grizzly bear hibernates, it will eat up to four hundred pounds of fat to produce a layer of fat.
Grizzly bears can be found in North America, Europe and in some places in Asia. In North America they can be found in western Canada, Alaska, Montana, Idaho,