Dean M. Chriss
"Too Close", Alaska
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This bear was walking upstream to do some fishing when it stopped and gave
me a look. Fortunately when bears visit this stream in autumn their minds
are on spawning salmon and I was just a minor curiosity.
Adult male grizzly bears in this part of Alaska usually weigh 600 to 800
pounds while females weigh about 350 to 450 pounds. Grizzly bears are most
easily identified by the large hump of muscle above their front shoulders.
Grizzlies are known to dig more than any other bear species, and those
muscles give them the strength to do it. Their claws, which can be 4
inches in length, also help with digging. Grizzly bears are omnivores and
their diet varies greatly with location. In areas where fish and meat are
less plentiful, over 75% of their diet can consist of berries, leaves and