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The Kodiak Bear playing with it's green ball at the Pittsburgh Zoo in Pittsburgh, PA.

UPDATE: The bear's name was Rocky and he has passed away on August 18th 2010. RIP :tombstone:

Facts: The awe-inspiring brown bear lives in the forests and mountains of northern North America, Europe, and Asia. It is the most widely distributed bear in the world.

These omnivorous giants tend to be solitary animals, except for females and their cubs, but at times they do congregate. Dramatic gatherings can be seen at prime Alaskan fishing spots when the salmon swim upstream for summer spawning. In this season dozens of bears may gather to feast on the fish, craving fats that will sustain them through the long winter ahead. In fall a brown bear may eat as much as 90 pounds (40 kilograms) of food each day, and it may weigh twice as much before hibernation as it will in spring.

Brown bears dig dens for winter hibernation, often holing up in a suitable hillside. Females, or she-bears, den while pregnant and give birth during this winter rest, usually to a pair of cubs. Brown bear cubs nurse on their mother's milk until spring and stay with her for some two and a half years—so females only reproduce once every three years.

Adult brown bears are powerful, top-of-the-food chain predators, but much of their diet consists of nuts, berries, fruit, leaves and roots. Bears also eat other animals, from rodents to moose.

The world's largest brown bears are found in coastal British Columbia and Alaska, and on islands such as Kodiak.

Despite their enormous size, brown bears are extremely fast, having been clocked at speeds of 30 miles per hour (48 kilometers per hour). They can be dangerous to humans, particularly if surprised or if a person gets between a mother bear and her cubs.

* From: National Geographic

Taken: March 2009
Image size
3264x2448px 4.05 MB
Make
EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
Model
KODAK EASYSHARE V803 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA
Shutter Speed
1/101 second
Aperture
F/4.9
Focal Length
23 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Mar 14, 2009, 2:09:07 PM
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