Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Offered by Joey Klutsch
The Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos) is the smaller inland cousin of the Brown Bear. The Grizzly’s in my area are mountain dwellers in the true sense. Most bears that we take care of in the 6 ½ to 7 ½ foot range. Due to the lack of protein and very short growing season, these Grizzly Bears are not able to reach the massive size of the bears in southern parts of the state. These bears depend mainly on berries, roots, ground squirrels, and the occasional dead caribou for food. They are plentiful yet can be challenging to hunt. Like the Brown Bear, they have an amazing sense of smell and surprisingly acute eyesight. An Arctic Grizzly is a truly beautiful animal that you will have to see to fully appreciate.