Bears are large, powerful animals with thick, shaggy fur. They are among the favorite performers in circuses and zoos.
The bear family includes some pretty big bears.
A lion, for example, may weigh as much as 450 pounds. But a good-sized grizzly bear or polar bear may weigh 750 to 1,000 pounds!
The biggest of all bears are the big Alaskan brown bears and Kodiak bears found in Alaska and on Kodiak Island off the coast of Alaska.
Some of these giants may weigh more than 1,500 pounds and may be over nine feet tall when standing on their hind feet.
Bears look clumsy because they walk with a peculiar, shuffling gait, but are not nearly as slow as they look. They can run faster than any human runner.
Most bears are usually peaceful animals, and run from danger.
But all bears are short-tempered and dangerous, and even friendly, tamed bears cannot always be trusted.
In fact, the grizzly bear is considered by many to be the most dangerous of all North American wild animals. – Dick Rogers