Grizzly Bears and My Personal Intrigue with Them
1.) A grizzly bear is a lumbering beast and is fascinating when it runs and fights other bears. Their muscle, fat and fur have a mesmerizing ripple with each forceful blow. You may not notice this when watching bears stalk their prey or fight because they’re so ferocious. I consider them as aggressive and predatorial as felines more so than a canine. In Montana, there are actually old Indian trails on mountain ridges just to avoid chance encounters.
2.) In at least two documented cases within the past decade, a very small number of these husky beasts have exhibited sociopath behavior. National Geographic has been a decent source of information on this but the phenomenon is pretty rare. This video on National Geographic Predators in Yellowstone is an interesting documentary on bad bear behavior.
3.) Grizzly bears are very territorial animals, as you can imagine. One of the ways they mark there territory is by rubbing their entire bodies (front, back, top and bottom) on an object like a tall tree. They SCRUB their bodies hard against the bark – they take territory marking extremely seriously. They even think to stand on their hind legs so they can leave their sent at the highest possible level so over bears think they’re enormous.
4.) The way they walk is so interesting. With thick pads on their huge feet, they make an inward cupping gesture before taking each step.
5.) They use their claws most often to dig for roots and most of their diet is vegetation like berries unless they’re in a salmon heavy area. It’s one thing for black bears to have a penchant for berries, but grizzlies are a surprise. They’re incredibly aggressive and with the temperament that goes with their bear brawls could easily come carnivorous tendencies. However, that is atypical behavior.
I know this is a short list. Got anything on these guys that interest you? What about other wildlife? Leave a comment below please! Check out the American Buffalo post for more on Nature’s finest.