What you should know about bears and pay attention to when visiting the bear country
During your visits to Canada and Alaska, you are fortunate that all North American bear species are native to these regions.
The black bear
Head length of about 150 to 190 cm – shoulder height to about 90 cm – average weight about 100 kg, with individual specimens weigh only 50 kg or even 250 kg. The black bear habitat extends more or less all over Canada and Alaska, except the extreme north.
The brown bear & grizzly bear
Body length of about 200 to 280 cm – shoulder height of 90 to 150 cm – the average weight of 140 to 390 kg in male and 80 to 210 kg in female bears.
The habitat of brown bears (Grizzlies and Kodiaks) extends to western Canada and Alaska. The largest of the brown bears is the Kodiak, which lives on the south coast of Alaska and the offshore islands. Isolated specimens of the Kodiak can reach a body weight of up to an unbelievable 750 kg.
The Ice Bear
Body length 190 to 260 cm single copies up to 340 cm – shoulder height from 80 to 160 cm – the average weight of about 400 to 500 kg for male and 150 to 300 kg for female polar bears. The habitat extends circularly around the North Pole. In summer, the polar bears live on the edge of the drift ice. On the Canadian Hudson Bay, the animals are forced to live on land.
All bears, except mothers with kittens, are loners depending on their social behavior. Bears are intelligent, curious and mostly harmless to humans. Fear and wrong behavior can end tragically for humans and bears. Many of the extraordinary and interesting predators are unfortunately shot by people out of fear.
With respect for the majestic animals and certain behaviors, you can avoid unpleasant encounters with bears.