Grizzly Bear Habitat: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Wendy McDougal

Wendy has taught high school Biology and has a master's degree in education.

The grizzly bear is one of the largest and most powerful mammals on Earth. Where might you encounter this animal, and in which type of habitat does it live? Read on to find out.

A Giant in the Woods

How would you like to come face-to-face with a grizzly bear? Most people would probably say, ''no thanks!'' Fortunately, the chances of running into this powerful beast in its natural habitat are pretty slim. So, where can you find grizzly bears, and which type of habitat do they prefer? In this lesson, you will learn more about where the grizzly bear makes its home.

The grizzly bear is king of the forest
Grizzly bear

Description of a Grizzly Bear

A grizzly bear is a big brown bear, with a fuzzy, or ''grizzly,'' look about it. Its fur can be dark brown, reddish or even light blonde. Grizzly bears are very large, standing between five and eight feet tall and weighing up to 800 pounds. Although in pictures they might look cute, grizzlies are ferocious predators. The claws of these bears can be up to two inches long!

Where Are Grizzly Bears Found?

Grizzly bears live in areas all over the world, including North America, Russia, Scandinavia, Europe and Asia. Grizzly bears were once common in large parts of western North America, from Alaska to Mexico. They also used to inhabit the Great Plains, which includes states from North Dakota going all the way south to Texas. However, overhunting sharply reduced the population.

Today in the U.S., grizzlies now live mostly in the northern Rocky Mountains in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. There are also healthy populations in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. There are only about 1,500 left in these areas, but there are much larger populations in Alaska and Northern Canada.

Territory and Range

A grizzly bear is a solitary animal, meaning that it spends most of its life alone. But females are often the exception, because her cubs stay with her for two to three years. The territory of a male grizzly can be up to 500 square miles. That's about half the size of Rhode Island. This animal needs a lot of room to move!

Grizzly bear with cubs roaming the grassland
Grizzly bear

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