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The Grizzly Bear or Silvertip Bear

The grizzly bear

When I was growing up in a little house about three or four miles from here, the whole area that I'm in was a lot less developed. That's three or four miles closer to town, mind you, and then it was very near to a lot of wide open spaces, very similar to my current home. Oh I recall my sister talking about seeing wolves in the front yard at night - but those were surely coyotes. I had no real fear of dogs of any kind then or now, but I recall out our back sliding glass door a thicket of trees, and that I had some bizarre irrational fear a time or two of seeing some giant bear charging out of there towards me.

That was just silly kid imagination, of course, but I assure you that anyone within fifty yards of a grizzly bear in the wild is someone just begging to get ripped apart and digested.

The Grizzly Bear is really the North American Brown Bear, but there's a bit of a funny tale involving the Latin or Scientific classification name of this animal, which is Ursus arctos horribilis You see, the name grizzly, came from the word grizzled, for the grizzly bear's grey tipped hairs, but when the bear was named by naturalist George Ord, he'd mistaken the word for grisly, and that's why you get the Latin horribilis.

While I definitely think that grizzly bears are beautiful, I know that some horrible things happen when humans get too close to them in the wild.

A grizzly bear mom with cub

Grizzly bear and cub feed on a dandelion.  Credit: University of Alberta

Grizzly bear and cub feed on a dandelion. Credit: University of Alberta

A grizzly bear may grow very large, but they come into this world extremely small

Now when I wrote about black bears I over did the whole deal where I told about how it's extremely bad protocol for people who enjoy their lives or wish to keep living to be anywhere near a black bear momma with cubs. No, it's true - you're asking to die if you ever approach a black bear momma with cubs; but a black bear with or without cubs is nowhere near the size or the threat of a grizzly bear. When you've got a grizzly bear mother with cubs, then I submit that that exact creature, the North American Brown Bear mother who's got some cubs with her, is the single most deadly creature, and the single most aggressive mammal in North America.

Don't take it personally, it's not you, it's the cubs that are the issue. Momma Grizzly will, indeed, give anything seen as a threat the same treatment, and that treatment happens to be total annihilation. Momma Grizzly's cubs are extremely cute, and though they may grow someday to weigh as much as a thousand pounds, Momma Grizzly remembers them as helpless little fuzz balls that were born weighing just ONE pound.

There is really quite a lot of range in total size in grizzly bears - not unlike humans, the grizzly bears can be sort of small to extremely large. In the area around the Yukon River, female grizzly bears sometimes average as small as 220 pounds, but occasionally a male grizzly bear will be found and documented weighing in at around 1,500 pounds, quite a large carnivorous creature, wouldn't you say?

Though the grizzly bears ARE carnivorous, they primarily are omnivorous, which of course, means that they'll eat virtually anything. We'll get to that, what grizzly bears eat, in just a minute - but first I must tell you that Canada has much larger grizzly bears than does the United States, and this is due to the fact that in Canada's grizzly bear range there is more meat to eat. Grizzly bears that get to enjoy a protein rich diet universally grow larger than the grizzly bears that must deal with simple herbivorous diets and small mammals for protein.

Big and powerful, an adult grizzled bear


The Miller moth - a mainstay of grizzly bear diets


What do silvertip bears eat?

The short answer here is: Absolutely anything that they want. Of course that includes YOU, dear reader, should you become available, and heaven forbid, even me. As for myself, I'd love to spend time in far Northern California, Oregon, Washington State, and British Columbia, but as it is I'm safely here in Texas, where there are no grizzly bears - just a huge population of idiots that own tigers. There's more tigers in the state of Texas now than there are in the wild in Asia, but alas, I've digressed.

Moose, deer, sheep, elk, bison, caribou, and even the smaller black bears are all favourite protein snacks for grizzly bears - but we shouldn't forget here that grizzly bears can and sometimes do also cross breed with the black bears either. Most often though when folks think of bears, they tend to think of the way bears love to eat salmon, and this is, of course, totally true. Grizzly bears love salmon, trout, and bass - and they simply love to play in the water as well. But grizzly bears aren't particular when it comes to meat, they'll steal any coyote, wolf, bobcat, lynx, mountain lion, or other predator's kill any time they find it.

Of course grizzly bears also eat vegetation, and in Yellowstone National Park, it's about all there is for them to eat. The grizzly bears of Yellowstone mostly eat whitebark pine nuts, tubers, various grasses, various rodents, army cutworm moths, and any carcass that they can steal from the wolves, cougars, and coyotes. None of the available food in the Yellowstone National Park has the fat or protein content that would be required for the grizzly bears there to grow as large as the ones who have the salmon available to them in Alaska and British Columbia.

Grizzly bears also are exceedingly fond of berries, and some favourites include blackberries, salmon berries, cranberries, buffalo berries, and huckleberries.

Truly, what I'm finding online is a great bit of confusion as to just what and how much the grizzly bears of the Americas eat. Some estimates say as much as eighty or ninety percent of their diet is vegetation. Other estimates claim that the Miller moth may provide up to half of what a grizzly bear needs so far as calories are consumed during a typical year. If you're getting the idea that there are some disputes involved in grizzly bear diets, then you're certainly not the only person to have had that thought.

Grizzly bears famously love to eat salmon

Grizzly bears love to eat fish, and the more protein in one's diet, the larger it can grow.

Grizzly bears love to eat fish, and the more protein in one's diet, the larger it can grow.

El oso plateado, the silver bear, was once the largest land mammal in Mexico; but has been presumed extinct since around 1964. Just as the grizzly bears in British Columbia and Alaska are larger than those in Yellowstone National Park, El oso plateado was smaller still. The Mexican grizzly, which could also be found in Arizona and New Mexico, was primarily an herbivorous bear that also dinned on some small rodents and other small mammals. Declared seriously endangered in by 1960, and with only thirty known bears in existence, stupid humans continued hunting them and killing them. The last expedition to search for survivors was in 1969, and none were found.

For the exact same reasons that the Mexican grizzly bear is now extinct, the Northern grizzly bears are also the victims of being booted off of their own turf, and more often than not, just plain killed. Here on the home front, the prices of beef are rising, and this is because we suffered a great drought here in cattle rancher land last Summer, and because there is increased demand for American beef overseas. You see, corporations do not care about the people who live in the nation that they call home. Corporations exist to make money, and they'd rather make more money than to see to it that the people in their own neighbourhood or nation can afford to little wonder the grizzly bears were regarded so little in regards to their value to anyone's culture or ecosystem. It's money that matters in this dying epoch of humanity on Earth.

A current and former grizzly bear distribution map

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Grizzly bear hibernation

Everyone knows that bears hibernate during the coldest months of the Winters, but few folks realize that this isn't entirely true. The reason it's not entirely true is because what the bears do is a false hibernation. In any case, a grizzly bear may put on as much as four hundred pounds of additional weight in order to go into it's sleep and slower metabolic state during the months when there is too scarce a supply of food for it to survive whilst maintaining it's regular daily routines.

Of course we've already seen that some female grizzly bears may weigh as little as three hundred pounds, and that some males may weigh as much as fifteen hundred pounds. It's safe to say that the smaller females aren't putting on four hundred pounds of weight prior to hibernation, but what is also important to note here is that the weights stated relative to grizzly bear sizes is the typical weight of the bears, and not the weight that these bears will have just prior to going into their false hibernation.

On the subject of grizzly bear intelligence - consider the timing involved in grizzly bear Winter slumber. Grizzlies will wait until just before a big snowstorm to enter their dens for slumber, and the purpose of this is that large amounts of snow will conceal their dens from predators. While a wide awake grizzly has little to fear from any animal outside of humans, a sleeping grizzly bear could easily be pounced on by a pack of wolves who would enjoy the large fat meal, and also make their own lives easier by getting rid of a very large predator that competes directly with them for prey, and often steals their kills that they worked so hard for.


What role do grizzly bears play in their ecosystems?

If you recall from the discussion above concerning the diet of the grizzly bear, you may recall that these bears are extremely fond of eating berries. This is significant in that the biological success of the plants that produce these berries is practically dependent upon grizzly bears eating them. The bears drop the seeds in nutrient rich fecal matter that has been proven to help the seeds to take off on their own and grow new plants. The grizzly bear is essential in distributing nitrogen into the soil of their habitat, and this is also aided and abetted by the habit of bringing salmon carcases inland where they are left to decay.

I'm a huge fan of acoustic music and acoustic instruments, and those instruments are most often dependent upon their tonality with the inclusion of spruce as a tone wood. What does this have to do with grizzly bears? Glad you asked. Spruce trees that have had salmon carcases left nearby benefit from the decaying organic matter. Dead salmon bones, literally, make spruce trees grow better. Next time you hear an acoustic guitar being played - thank a grizzly bear.

The grizzly bear is also a keystone predator, and the removal of the grizzly bear from an ecosystem that has also suffered the loss of wolves creates an atmosphere in which herbivorous animals over graze a forest devastating vegetation. Large meat eating predators such as wolves and grizzly bears are ESSENTIAL to the health of the environment that they live in - ecosystems are not to be played with, my friends - but tell that to an idiot rancher that is only concerned with selling his cattle.


The grizzly bear and conflicts with humanity

Grizzly bears are the most aggressive of all bears, and the reason for this is simple - grizzly bears are just too big to flee from threats, and so they've naturally developed the inclination to stand their ground and handle their business. Black bears are often small enough to climb trees, and they do this whenever they are attacked or chased by grizzly bears. It's simple logic then, why it is that black bears attack humans less frequently - they are genetically hard wired to know that they can escape.

Regardless of which bear we are talking about, a mother bear with cubs is about the last thing a human should ever wish to face in the wild. Seventy percent of the human fatalities associated with the grizzly bear are instances where a mother grizzly bear has killed a disrespectful or unaware human that was unlucky enough to have been anywhere near a mother grizzly with her extremely vulnerable cubs. Remember - baby grizzly bears often are born weighing just a single pound. Think of your mother, or perhaps you are a mother - if you are and are in a sound state of mind, then this should help you to understand why this is so statistically.

Please be sure to recognize that grizzly bears simply do not consider you as prey. People have been eaten by grizzly bears, but most persons killed by these animals were not eaten. You do not taste as good to a grizzly bear as does a Miller moth, or salmon. Get over that, and stop feeling slighted. Along with the bears feeling the need to protect their young - grizzly bears see humans in the proper light, as absolute greed filled thieves that will steal anything that they can get their hands on. Perhaps the grizzly bears saw and remembered what happened here between the European savages and the Native Americans. Maybe the grizzly bears have their own way of communicating how the invading savages raped and killed and took the entire continent from coast to coast? The grizzly bear sometimes kills humans simply because they are protecting their food supply, as well as their young. While the mother bear is fanatic about protecting her cubs - we men all realize how and what we are, and grizzly bear men are the same way, they want what is theirs, and they don't see any reason to suffer your slights in regards to their victuals.

The grizzly bear is a threatened animal

It's a real shame that grizzly bears have become threatened in both the United States of America and Canada, especially in light of the facts concerning just how large their initial range of habitat once was. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is working towards conservation of the grizzly bear, and that, my friends, is one federal agency that you won't hear this individual criticize too often. It would be so much the better for us all and for future generations if war monger administrations like the Bush and Obama administrations became things of the past, so that the vast US military budget could be shortened, and the world's single largest polluter, the same military, could suffer some losses to it's budget sent to more worthy causes than murdering Arabs under false pretence for control of their resources.

Unintentionally killed bears are heartbreakingly common in the great North West due to trains that carry grains. Such trains often "leak" grains and grizzly bears have come to rather enjoy those easy meals, and are then often hit by trains. The nation of Canada, having less of an inclination towards mindless bloodshed and asinine warfare than does it's Southern neighbour, has set into place some grizzly bear preserves, which does provide some encouragement.

Another major consideration and concern for the preservation of these animals is genetic stagnation. When enough roads and boundaries are set into place, the bears become confined, and their gene pool stagnates The never ending human sprawl is creating virtual trailer park communities for grizzly bears, with nothing but cousins to choose from for mating - obviously, this damages the integrity of the bears that do exist, and is yet another problem that exists not just for these grizzly bears, but for other wildlife, and is entirely part of the cancer that is human population growth in the Earth's Petri dish.

Yet another problem, and the most pathetic of them all, is the human hunting of grizzly bears. Idiotic humans that wish to have a bear as a trophy or a rug prefer the larger bears, and the killing of large male bears for idiotic and likely human male penis deficient related ego problems - only leads to juvenile bears killing the cubs of the male bears who's territory they've inherited. Such problems do not exist without the aide of human stupidity.

I hope that I've given some information here, and despite my negativity towards some of my fellows towards the conclusion, that you've either learned something or enjoyed it.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Wesman Todd Shaw


Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 16, 2012:


I like doing these animal hubs the best - but I feel like I should be writing different sorts of things at this time.

I love the learning in research the most :)

Anoop Aravind A from Nilambur, Kerala, India on May 16, 2012:

Don't Call me sir please. I'm respecting you. I know you are respecting me. I will be your humble friend.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 16, 2012:

Thanks very much, Sir!!!

Anoop Aravind A from Nilambur, Kerala, India on May 16, 2012:

hi Wesman Todd Shaw it's a good hub.Interesting.All photos are good.I like it.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 06, 2012:

Peter Geekie - Sir, I bet that was one hell of a rush!

Peter Geekie from Sittingbourne on May 06, 2012:

Excellent hub - I agree with what you say about the Grizzly mother being dangerous with cubs. I was visiting NW Territories Canada on business from UK when I saw two cubs playing. Stupidly I stopped to look at them before the sudden realiation dawned "Where is Mum" as I floored the pedal she burst out of the trees and out-ran me smashing the rear window of the truck. Lucky or what ?

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 05, 2012:

libby101a- thanks very much!!! I sure enjoyed making it too!!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 02, 2012:

Ethan Green - Thanks Very Much, SIR!

If you'd only seen the half of the first things I'd published on this site....I assure you they were all very very bad.

Ethan Green on May 02, 2012:

Fantastic hub. I've just written one about animals, but reading yours has shown me up and now I'm thinking I need to go back and put a LOT more work into it. Thanks for the inspiration:-)


Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on April 10, 2012:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! INORITE????????

Ain't they cute? I mean...the little ones. The big uns are purty, but....not much cuddly, yannow?

Acid Rahne on April 10, 2012:

I think this is the best article about grizzly bears on the whole damn internet.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 20, 2012:

JKenny - I'd love to see some too!

I almost went through adulthood with one hand. I stuck my hand in a bear cage, and ....those black bears can move really fast!!!!

I ...can't think of any damned reason why a local man around here would have some black bears in a cage, or if he should, why he'd have them in a cage where someone stupid could put their hands inside of it....

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 20, 2012:

fpherj48 - I don't know if the dumpster diver story is appropriate for doesn't fit well into my niches, but I might put it on Info Barrel where I have been putting odds and ends that don't much fit in with what all I've got going here.

James Kenny from Birmingham, England on February 20, 2012:

I was lucky enough to see European Brown Bears, albeit in captivity. I know they are slightly smaller than the Grizzly but they were still an imposing sight. Another fantastic article Wesman, I'd love to visit Canada and see them in the wild.

Suzie from Carson City on February 06, 2012: sweet you are.

All that talent and sweet, too. 1st. of all, I'm SURE your Mama would strongly object to somebody takin her "baby boy,"...and secondly, my sons would advise you against it..they'd tell you to RUN...."Save yourself!!" I understand I was a strict, hard-drivin Mom. I say I just did my damned job.

You actually have a story about a dumpster diver??!! That is too funny, Wes. Is there anything you can't create a story about? lmao...if you really write it, make sure I get to read it!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 06, 2012:


I might tell that tale online, but's probably more an Info Barrel story than a hubpages story.

Heck Yeah, EFFER, and you can adopt me as one of those cubs too!!!!! Hell yeah!

Suzie from Carson City on February 06, 2012:

Gosh...Never would I think I could thoroughly enjoy a hub about "Grizzly Bears"...until Wesman Todd Shaw. I swear, YOU could write an impressive tale about some nitwit, dumpster-diving behind the local greasy spoon.

I confess, when I'm about to read one of your hubs, I get comfy and pour a cup of coffee & turn the phone off. It's like 10+ minutes of pure uninterupted entertainment for me.

Nice of you to dedicate a whole paragraph to me..."There is no more dangerous animal in N.A. than a Mama Grizzly with cubs." and here I am in upstate NY too! This totally applied to me when I had cubs...and since I now have "Grand-cubs"...IT STILL APPLIES. And I'll be darned..... I don't run from fear, but stand my ground and handle say nothing of the fact that I'll eat "virtually anything" too....(not too keen on Moths..they get stuck between my teeth.)

I really like the way you sneak nuggets of great humor into your hubs....that I'm not expecting. Best way to get a Laugh-Out-Loud reaction.

Thank you for the fabulous read, Wes. Get crackin on that Book of Hubs! up & +++

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 06, 2012:

Thank you VERY much tammyswallow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tsmog - if you've got inspiration - THEN RUN WITH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh I bet there are some sad stories from the frontier days, and I be a lot of those stories are of people who never ever came home :-(

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on February 06, 2012:

What a fun read! Mr. WTS. Are you gon'a write a little 'ode to the grizzly and then share by video on hubpages? I'm remembering old time TV shows - Davy Crockett & Daniel Boone about now. too. Your flowing prose of facts stimulated my curiosity - what about the pioneers encounters. Certainly more plentiful in them days. Having now traveled through North America and more. Following this awesome adventure of discovery I am realizing at work I have bunches to talk about today, and I'll fool everyone into thinking I am smart, when really it was you - smile!

Tammy from North Carolina on February 06, 2012:

This is a wonderful hub. I love bears even though I wouldn't want to run into one. Great photos and presentation!!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 06, 2012:

Oh that's perfectly understandable. My own Mom is here recently dealing with the same thing, and trying to decipher what all needs to be sold in a garage sale or given to charity, and what needs to be kept from her parent's home.

feenix on February 06, 2012:

Hey, Wes,

Slowly I turn. Inch by inch. Step by step... ;-)

You brought up a subject that I am still mentally kicking myself over.

When my mom passed away in 1986, she had a huge collection of National Geographics going all the way to the 1930s (I read them all when I was a little kid), and almost all of them were in vintage condition.

Well, my sister and I had everyone of them carted away. At the time, we just weren't thinking straight.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 06, 2012:

Oh I love National Geographic! I've got hundreds of those - most of them are older than I am. I think my mom came up on a huge lot of those at a garage sale.

My opinion is that Nat Geo is ...about the best ongoing publication in the USA. I'm sure it's got some bull incorporated into it here and there, but for the most part - what a great magazine!

feenix on February 06, 2012:

Hey, Wesman,

Yeah, the internet, including Wikipedia, is my current collection of animal books, Nat'l Geo's, Encyclopedia Britannica, etc., etc., etc.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 06, 2012:

Heck yeah Feenix!!!!!!!!!!!

It was a bit too chilly for me to go bass fishing yesterday like I wanted to do, but maybe next weekend will be more favourable.

I love spending a bit of time out doors - it's great for my mind, and I tend to think that we were all just sort of meant to do more of that kind of thing than we now do anyway.

Oh gosh, here's what I did. Growing up (and we've still got them in my parent's house) my folks bought a 1972 Encyclopaedia Britanica set. I was just two at that time, but growing up those books were just MINE, and I was forever running back and forth to where they were kept and finding out about this or that.

Really, the only thing that's changed is that now I'm just forever hitting Google for searches for information, and holy smoke I sure get a lot of my information from Wikipedia!

feenix on February 06, 2012:

Hello, Wesman,

This is an excellent article. Truly excellent.

For me, the piece is sort of a "blast from the past."

You see, way back in the day when I was a little boy, one of my hobbies was learning all about animals. In fact, my parents bought me so many books about critters, I had a pretty good sized library in my bedroom.

So, reading this article reminded me of a time gone by.

Also, much of what you wrote prompted me to recall what I learned about grizzly bears many years ago. And I must add that this hub provided a whole lot of information about the animal that I was unaware of before.

Additionally, I must say that it really does piss me off that so many species of animals are becoming extinct because of the wickedness and carelessness of human beings.

If I ruled the world, all of the animal populations would be on the upswing and the human population -- especially that segment that is making the world an even worse place than already is -- would be on the downswing.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 05, 2012:

Thanks very much, Eddy, it has been a good enough day so far. I hope you've enjoyed yours as well, and thank you for reading my hub! :-D

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 05, 2012:

Thanks very much Rahne my bestie, and I too recall that story. I'm just glad that you've found no bears in your basement.

I must say that were I a bear though, I'd definitely pick your basement to hibernate in!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 05, 2012:

Alexander Mark - if you look at the Earth as one single ecosystem, then the human race is itself a cancer that is destroying the organism, the Earth.

While it's not productive to label X individual as a "cancer," when looked at on a whole, it's human society, and the way that humanity isn't willing to stop it's own growth and destructive behaviours that is itself destructive or cancerous to organism Earth.

I think that people have basically had black bears as pets with a good enough degree of "success," provided that they are knowledgeable enough, and can afford the veterinary bills. I'd certainly never ever recommend that, but then again so far as bears are concerned - the black bear is a plain friendly creature compared to the brown bears.

Strangely enough, I believe that Teddy Roosevelt considered bear meat the finest of meats...but I'll pass on that as well.

Thanks very very much for reading and complimenting my hub! I'm mostly learning as I go with these things!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 05, 2012:

Seeker7 - YES, we have some absurd laws that will allow for practically anyone with any degree (or more likely, no degree...) of knowledge own a tiger or lion as a "pet."

There's some wonderful things going on in Texas - and there are also some retarded things too, and the idea of "pet tigers," in my opinion, is one of the less than wonderful things.

Oh I hope that bears are restored in the proper areas of Scotland!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 05, 2012:

Hey Sis!!!! That's interesting! I know that we now have black bears in far East Texas again. Those can be scary, but they've got nothing on the brown bears! I'd love to see one of them though....with binoculars while sitting in a well running 4X4 that ain't stuck in the mud!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 05, 2012:

Hey Willie, I'd have been TERRIFIED! Those grizzly bears can run faster than a 30 m.p.h. three wheeler can go!!

Holy Smoke I'd have been scared! Those creatures are ...just fine where they are, and I'm fine where I am!

Eiddwen from Wales on February 05, 2012:

Brilliant and one for me to vote up plus bookmark in with my favourite 'Animals and Nature' slot.

I have learnt a great deal about them by reading this gem.

Take care and enjoy your day.


Acid Rahne on February 04, 2012:

About two weeks ago I was reading a story about an old man who was having cable television installed and needed wiring done in his basement. The cable guy went into the old man's basement and discovered that there was a BEAR hibernating down there. Somehow it had gotten in and was sleeping there undisturbed for most of the winter. The cable guy threw his tools down and ran....when the old man went downstairs to see what the problem was....well...GRRRRR BEAR!!!!Luckily it was still groggy from hibernation and didn't maul him.

This was in central New Jersey as well, were we apparently have to worry about more than the random racoon.

PS - The shaw estate clearly needs its own tiger.

Alexander Silvius from Portland, Oregon on February 04, 2012:

First, what an awesome hub! I learned things about bears I never knew.

I don't agree with people hunting bears for trophies and I also agree that humans need to mind nature as they build - but I don't believe that we should consider our fellow humans as a cancer. Many of them do act this way, yes - but man was intended to take care of nature and there are still people who do that.

Although I have considered many different wild animals for pets, I doubt I will ever own a bear - they have massive mood swings and one swipe from a paw could kill you. But they are fascinating creatures - I had no idea what a positive impact they have on the ecosystem. Let's hope that the natural environs of the US will be preserved in future years, and that humans can find a way to allow the bear to live normally while continuing to grow as a civilization.

I love how you connect completely unrelated subjects together such as the amazing connection between the grizzly and your acoustic guitar!

Another informative and fun to read hub - please keep right on writing about animals and ranting about humanity, it makes me think.

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on February 04, 2012:

Wes this is a stunning and very informative hub about Grizly Bears! There's lots here that I had no idea about. Being in Scotland of course we don't have the pleasure of being able to see this animal in the wild - well we did a few hundred years ago before they were all killed off for fun and sport! They are being introduced along with the Grey and Timber wolf but it's within parks.

Anyway, the hub. I do agree that these animals are beautiful - like the wolf they just seem to be such a wonderfu symbol of pure nature at her finest. But like you I would be terrified if I saw one in the wild. I remember as a kid seeing a movie with a bear standing up and growling - I was petrified!!! So I can only imagine what the real life spectacle must be like!

Tigers in Texas? Are they in wildlife parks or do folks actually have them as pets?

I loved this hub and the photos are absolutely stunning! Voted up + awesome + beautiful!!

Angela Blair from Central Texas on February 04, 2012:

Having always been a fan of bears -- of any kind -- truly enjoyed this Hub. I've been told (this certainly isn't meant as fact) that the brown bear population is once again appearing in Big Bend National Park -- minimally. Hope it's true! Great read and voted UP! Best, Sis

DoItForHer on February 04, 2012:

When I was about 14 I was riding motorcycles with a group of friends when we came upon a sow and her cub smack-dab in the middle of the road. They bears took off on the downhill side of the road and we scooted right past them as we didn't want to hang around if we had irked momma.

I was riding a small three wheeler that would do 30 mph max. The side of the hill was entirely composed loose shale; this stuff is very steep and extremely hard to walk on. After traveling about 150 yards or so, the cub popped up on the road right in front of me! Unreal! The power of that cub was so amazing that it was able to run 30 mph on that steep, loose shale.

It dropped back down the hill and left me with my jaw hanging.

The power of a Grizzly is amazing.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 04, 2012:

Thanks very much, Christopher! As usual..I found several errors to fix when you showed up. Nothing makes me edit like someone with as great a skill as yourself reading my own work.

Hope you're having a good one over there. Looks like I've got some ...actual work to do today instead of my typical internet routine.

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on February 04, 2012:

As always Wesman, you bring your subject to glorious life. I just hope you don't bring it to glorious life in my back garden.

The video was pretty impressive as well.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 03, 2012:

Thank you very VERY much, Phoebe!!!! You've nailed down exactly what I am always trying to do! You've got me figured out!

Phoebe Pike on February 03, 2012:

This hub is very well done! It is informative without going overboard on the details and is a fun read. You write in a remarkable way... educational with a twist on the words. I love it. ^_^

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 03, 2012:

Hey Paradise7 - there are only black bears in Texas - and those are at the extreme far East of Texas - near Arkansas border.

Also, they've only recently been reintroduced here.

So far as scary wildlife - from right here where I sit in rural Kaufman, County - once or twice a year I can hear cougars or mountain lions screaming late at night - that there will REALLY make your heart race!

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on February 03, 2012:

Hey, Wes, if you ever come back east, visit those Adirondack Mountains. Some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, for my money, and virtully unspoiled. There's something like 3 million acres that's a National Forest Preserve, so it can't be developed or built upon. Campers, hikers, and in some designated areas, fishermen are allowed; mostly you are there to rough it. There are some facilities; showers, hook-ups for camper-trailers, things like that, and some National Park cabins that nobody uses anymore because they've pretty much been taken over by mice and birds!

It's so very lovely.

Does not Texas have a preserve, to protect the bears' habitat along with other wildlife, both flora and fauna?

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 03, 2012:

Oh I'm actually TERRIFIED of bears! I'd literally at risk of a heart attack were one to show up while I was camping and in the wrong frame of mind.

I so wish to visit some of these places - and I've been to beautiful upstate New York - but it's been more than twenty years since I've been, and I didn't get to spend any time there.

Oh I'm so jealous!

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on February 03, 2012:

Interesting, to say the least. I think the bears are lovely animals, though I wouldn't like to meet one in the wild.We've gone camping in the Adirondack Mountains here in upstate New York, and have found that the brown bear will sniff around the garbage and/or food supplies around the camp, so we have to be careful to bury or burn all the garbage and seal up all the food so the bears don't visit.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 03, 2012:

Thanks you, Marntzu !!!! I love to create these kinds of things because I do a lot of learning in the process.


Marntzu on February 03, 2012:

I know my home state of Arizona was looking at reintroducing the grizzly a few years ago. I have some experience with black bears but I am very grateful I have never encountered a Grizzly in the wild. Great article, I love reading about anything involving the wild.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 03, 2012:

Thank you very much, Sir. Did you do one on the grizzly bear? If so, then I'll include your link in the body of my hub for our mutual benefit.

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