10 facts about brown bears

Intriguing facts about Europe's largest predator

  • There are approximately 180,000 to 200,000 brown bears worldwide. Most of them live in Alaska, Canada and Russia where the brown bears can still roam on vast areas of land, scarcely populated by human beings and covered in forests.
  • The brown bear can reach a weight of between 330 and 815 pounds depending on the age, sex and season.
  • Despite their weight, bears cover short distances at speeds of up to 31 mph.
  • Brown bears are generally loners who will only seek a mate for short periods.
  • At birth, bear cubs are blind and naked.
  • In the wild, these omnivores spend up to 16 hours per day looking for food.
  • Bears have a particularly good nose: their sense of smell enables them to sniff food at a distance of several miles.
  • Brown bears in the wild are mainly active at dusk and at night.
  • In the wild, brown bears can live between 20 and 30 years of age. In captivity, they can get even older.
  • The brown bear is the largest predator still living on the continent of Europe.