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Brown Bear Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Brown bears are a kind of large bear that are found in different parts of the world. This lesson will teach you about brown bears, how big they can get, what they like to eat and other cool brown bear facts.

What Is a Brown Bear?

Walking along a wooded area, you see a large, furry figure among the trees. Suddenly it sees you, too, and stands up on its back legs! You decide to sneak off and leave it alone. You've just met a brown bear!

A brown bear is a large bear that is mostly brown in color and has long claws and big paws. Brown bears are one of the biggest kinds of bears, and the males can weigh as much as 1,200 pounds. That is more than two male mountain gorillas! The male brown bears can also grow to be around 9 feet tall. In nature, they can live to be between 20 and 30 years old. But at a zoo, they can live as long as 50 years.

Brown bear with long claws
Brown Bear with Long Claws

As big as they are, brown bears are also fast and can run up to 30 miles per hour, which means you can't outrun one. They look cuddly, like teddy bears, but brown bears aren't friendly and should be left alone.

Like you, they are great at climbing trees when they are young. Adults can't climb trees because they get too big and weigh too much. It would be like you putting on a backpack full of heavy rocks and trying to climb to the top of your favorite tree.

What Do Brown Bears Eat?

Brown bears are omnivores--they eat plants and meat, and they aren't too picky about what's on the menu. They like berries, nuts, leaves and fruits, but they also eat insects and use their claws to dig delicious bug snacks out of tree bark. Brown bears are also hunters and eat other animals like squirrels, deer and foxes.

But as tasty as all these dinners are, fish feasts are their favorite. They are excellent at fishing, but don't need a fishing rod like you do, because they use their claws and can catch fish in their mouths!

Brown bear catching fish
Brown Bear Catching Fish

A Long Winter's Nap

The brown bear's long claws have many uses. Brown bears use them like shovels to dig out dens where they will hibernate, or sleep for the winter, if they live where it gets very cold. They chow down on as much as 90 pounds of food every day before they hibernate, since they don't eat while they sleep.

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