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originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: SeaWorthy
My grandfather worked for the USGS. Helped chart Alaska.
Are Kodiac bears just really big grizzle bears?
Kodiak Bear Fact Sheet Kodiak bears are a unique subspecies of the brown or grizzly bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi). They live exclusively on the islands in the Kodiak Archipelago and have been isolated from other bears for about 12,000 years.
There are about 3,500 Kodiak bears, a density of about 0.7 bears per square mile. Kodiak bear populations are healthy and productive. They enjoy relatively pristine habitats and well managed fish populations. In most areas the number of bears is stable, but there are some places where bear density is increasing.
Male bears are called boars, females are sows and youngsters are cubs. Kodiak bears are the largest bears in the world.
A large male can stand over 10 feet tall when on his hind legs, and 5 feet when on all four legs. They weigh up to 1,500 pounds. Females are about 20% smaller and 30% lighter than males.