It can be easy to think we know everything there already is to know about grizzly bears. After all, they live in the woods, are found across most of the US, and we shouldn’t really get too close if we value our lives. Still, there are things we should most definitely know about grizzly bears that we might not.
Grizzly bears don’t eat as much as we think
When you think of a grizzly bear, you might think they do nothing but eat all day, every day. That is until they head off to hibernate. Plus, they’re big enough that they can take down bison, elk, and moose all on their own, but that doesn’t mean they’re as greedy as many think. In fact, grizzlies only start to eat everything in sight when they’re preparing for winter, which is when they can eat enough to gain as much as three pounds a day.
They will eat other bears if they must
While they might not be the greedy eaters many of us imagine, it turns out grizzly bears rarely turn down a meal. In fact, it seems that moths are a favorite of the bears while others love nothing more than mice. Believe it or not, but grizzlies will even eat other bears if they’re given a chance. They’re opportunistic eaters, meaning that if something has lost its life and is going to waste, they won’t think twice before chowing down. Some have been spotted eating brown bears, while others have been seen eating black bears in Canada.
Grizzlies and polar bears can mate
We know grizzly bears. We know polar bears. What about pizzlies and grolar bears? While it sounds like something that belongs in a storybook, it turns out these creatures are real – and as you might have guessed, they’re a blend of the two. The two species overlap around Canada and Alaska, where it’s been known for male grizzlies to search out and mate with female polar bears. While they naturally cross over, researchers believe the effects of climate change are causing grizzlies and polar bears to mate with each other more than ever.
Grizzly bears can outrun Usain Bolt
When you think of a grizzly bear, what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s them lying around not doing much with their time? Maybe it’s them trying to catch fish in the river? While these are both things the bears are known to do, it turns out they’re not as slow as they look. In fact, grizzly bears are so fast that they could outrun Usain Bolt at his peak. Bolt could manage 27.78 mph for a few seconds. Grizzlies? They can reach speeds of up to 35 mph. To top it off, they can run at 28 mph for around two miles.
It turns out there’s a lot more to grizzly bears than we ever gave them credit for in the past. In fact, it seems the bears have been sitting on plenty that we never knew about their incredibleness.