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Grizzly Bear

Ursus arctos

Order Carnivora



Grizzly mom & cub taken by Eric Bonnett

Eric Bonnett

Also known as:  Kodiak Bear, Brown Bear, Aklaq

Fast Facts

Distribution of Grizzly Bear across Yukon
Height 1 m
Weight 250 kg
Lifespan 20-30 years
Habitat waves waves waves
Predators Humans

Conservation Status

Yukon S3 - Vulnerable
Global G4- Apparently Secure
Yukon population estimate: 6000-7000  




The life of a Grizzly Bear revolves around an intensive search for the most nutrient-rich foods it can find.  It will spend October through April in a winter den, before emerging in spring to search for food. Yukon Grizzly Bears have a very low rate of reproduction.  They breed for the first time in their eighth year and only reproduce every three to four years. Often they are not successful with their first litters.


Roots, berries, grasses, sedges, horsetails, moose, caribou, small mammals.   

Sights and sounds

Bear scat

Grizzly bear track


Piles 17.5 cm x 3.8 cm


Tracks in dried mud


Bear hind track

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Hind: 21.6 cm x 13.2 cm





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