brown bear (ursus arctos)


Carnivore Comeback: Bears and Wolves Are Thriving in Europe

The large carnivores that once roamed Europe’s landscapes — including bears, wolves, lynx and wolverines — are experiencing a resurgence in their numbers, a new study finds. What’s more, the animals are coming back in nonprotected areas, where they must coexist alongside human societies.

The reasons for the success include cooperation between people across national borders and strong regulations. But public attitudes towards animals are also important, said study leader Guillaume Chapron, a professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences’ Grimsö Wildlife Research Station.

Credit: Kjell Isaksen, Sasa Kunovac, Robert W. Myslajek, and Miha Krofel 


Bravely Into The Morning Light by David & Shiela Glatz
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Sub-adult Coastal Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) strolls the coast of The Cook Inlet, Lake Clark National Park. It needs to be watchful for larger bears in order to survive. This one and its sibling are about 2 years old. We saw them as spring cubs a couple of years back, and we’re glad to see them alive, healthy, and on their own.


Brown Bear Cub Lands Right Jab by David & Shiela Glatz
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Who needs Mayweather vs. McGregor? We watched these two spring Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) cubs duke it out for over an hour one morning. Every time we thought the brawling was over, one of them snuck up and started it again. Here the lighter-colored cub thought it had “won” a stunning victory of dominance over its darker sibling. Then the darker sibling corrected this insolence with a right jab to the snout. Mother bear was nearby fishing, oblivious to this little drama. The cubs are about 6-7 months old and will be enduring their first winter in a couple months. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.


Happy Cub, Grumpy Cub by David & Shiela Glatz
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When you observe bear cubs for any extended period of time, you start noticing personality traits of individuals. These two Coastal Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) cubs were hanging out on an exposed sand bank, while their mother fished the shallows for salmon. After a nap, they got up on their hindquarters. Here the “happy” cub on the left seems to have annoyed the “grumpy” cub on the right. Remember, these are “infants” - about 7-8 months old, though, so dispositions change rapidly. After a moment of stink eye, they were running and playing together again. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.


Ursus arctos syriacus, Syrian Brown Bear

Aren’t these cubs adorable?! There are THREE of them, they are about 10 weeks old and were born at Hollywild Animal Park in South Carolina. They just made their public debut last weekend, come visit and learn about these bears!



Sibling Tussle by Rick Derevan
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Kodiak Brown Bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi. Kodiak bears are a unique subspecies of the brown or grizzly bear, which live exclusively on the islands in the Kodiak Archipelago and have been isolated from other bears for about 12,000 years. Here are two siblings enjoying an afternoon playtime.

Grizzly bear cubs, Huck and Finley, at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) are a subspecies of the North American Brown Bear (Ursus arctos). Despite their reputation as predators, a large portion of their diet comes from fruits, nuts, and other plant material. Of course, they do eat meat as well, and have even been known to prey on animals as large as moose. It is important to take precautions when staying in areas inhabited by bears; human/bear interactions can be very dangerous for both us and the bears. Camp responsibly and respect these beautiful animals and their environment.

Photo by @z00logistintraining


Dream On … Little Bear Cubs by David & Shiela Glatz
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Spring Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) cubs (twin sisters) enjoy a nap, while their mother looms in the background. Mother bear is fishing for salmon. She caught several that morning and shared them all with her cubs. Her cubs looked healthy, well-fed and occasionally feisty. Just like bear cubs should be. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

anonymous asked:

I think Bear Geno is a Kamchatka brown bear (Ursus Arctos Beringianus) aka Far Eastern Brown Bear. This is the largest bear in Eurasia and can weigh up to 1433lbs. Wikipedia says that their fur is dark brown with a violet tint. Geno knows that his fur is amazing.

LOOK AT THIS BIG BOY!!! i want geno to be the BIGGEST BEAR there is…………..a large primordial beast……cuddly


Undoubtedly the most heroic of all bear subspecies, ursus arctos syrius, or the Syrian brown bear, is the only breed of bear to have a member of its species be a decorated war hero.  Wojtek, pronounced “Voytek” (pet name of Wojchiech, meaning “joyful warrior”), was a friendly Syrian brown bear who was willingly conscripted into the Polish Land Forces as a private and served from 1943 to 1945 with the, hauling artillery shells for the 22nd Company.

After the war, Wojtek was promoted to Corporal and was moved to Scotland with the rest of the 22nd Company.  Following the demobilization of the Polish Land Forces in 1947, Wojtek left the 22nd Company and co-starred as himself on a children’s show on the BBC called “Blue Peter”.  He was payed in cigarettes, which he ate, as he did not know how to use a lighter. 

Wojtek died in December of 1963, after fathering eight healthy children with his wife Ewicia, who was also a bear.  On the 25th of April, 2013, the Krakow city council had a bronze statue of him erected in Jordana Park in celebration of his efforts during the Battle of Monte Cassino .  On September 16th, 2013, the City of Edinburgh gave him another statue, him posing with a Polish artilleryman, because he was a great bear.