The Bear Facts.  (Please watch these videos to learn more about bears.)

There could be as many as 1,000 grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.   

(“Grizzly bears making homes far from Yellowstone”, Jackson Hole News & Guide, July 6, 2011.)

 
 
Bear attacks may be rare, but hikers should always be prepared and carry bear spray. A bear encounter can result in severe injury or death.  We hope visitors to Bear Country will take the time to learn about the nature of bears and how to avoid - and even stop - a bear attack.  
Grizzly bear stats.

 

Color: Varies from black to blonde; frequently with white-tipped fur giving a grizzled, "silver-tipped" appearance.

 

Height: About 3-1/2 ft (1.0 m) at the shoulder.

 

Weight -

  • Male: 216-717 lbs (98-325 kg)

  •  Female: 200-428 lbs (91-194 kg)

 

Can reach speeds of 35 to 40 m.p.h.  (100 yards in 6 seconds.)  Can run uphill, downhill, or on level ground. 

 

Most become active a half-hour before sunrise, take a nap or two during the day, and bed down for the night an hour or two after sunset.  However, some bears are active at night to avoid people or other bears.

 

Yellowstone National Park:  Bears

 

A bear can run 100 yards in 6 seconds.

 

Grizzlies often forage in open meadows.

 

Black bears prefer to stick to the trees or the edges of forest where there's more cover.

 

During summer months, bears often nap during the heat of the day and are more active at dusk and dawn.

 

Food they may be looking for:

  • Spring - winter killed animals, newly born elk calves, flowers.

  • Summer - fishing for spawning trout, rooting for grubs, insects, vegitation or small mammals.

  • Fall - berries and white bark pine nuts.

 

 

 

Stay at least 100 yards from a bear.

If you cause an animal to move, you are too close.

 

Please watch these videos to better understand the sheer strength and power of grizzly bears. 

Black bear stats.

 

Color: Varies from pure black to brown, cinnamon, or blonde; in the Rocky Mountains, approximately 50% are black with a light brown muzzle.

 

Height: About 3 ft (0.9 m) at the shoulder.

 

Weight: Male: 210-315 lbs (95-143 kg); Female: 135-160 lbs (61-73 kg).

 

Can reach speeds that exceed 30 mph.  (100 yards in 6 seconds.)  Can run uphill, downhill, or on level ground. 

 

Most become active a half-hour before sunrise, take a nap or two during the day, and bed down for the night an hour or two after sunset.  However, some bears are active at night to avoid people or other bears.

Please watch this video to better understand the potential curiosity and danger of black bears.

 

 

 

To learn more about bears and bear safety, visit YNP's Bear Safety Page.

 

No matter the sport or time of day,
always carry bear spray. TM

CONTACT US:

 

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