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Bears are common among wildlife species in Glacier National Park, specifically, Black bears and Grizzly bears. Many visitors have mixed feelings about bears, they are fascinating and exciting animals that most people want to see while vacationing in Glacier — on the other hand — there is some apprehension around a violent bear encounter while hiking in the park. Although one must always take precautions in bear country, statistics demonstrate violent encounters with bears are extremely rare.

Between andthere were no recorded human fatalities. Inwith annual attendance nearing one million visitors, there were two fatal attacks. Between andwith annual attendance reaching two million visitors a year, there were an additional eight fatalities. There has not been a bear related fatality sinceand today, the park averages three million visits a year. Although a total of 10 fatal bear attacks is 10 too many, it is considered Casual encounters Bear extremely rare occurrence given more than one hundred million human visits in bear country. Moreover, a percentage of the 10 fatalities occurred during solo hikes — activity that is strongly discouraged.

Ranger-led hikes, and even smaller personal groups of three or four can typically generate enough noise while hiking to discourage bears from coming too close most wildlife equally wants to avoid human contact. Nevertheless, even remote odds need to be taken seriously, therefore having a proper understanding of wild animals in their domain is prudent — additional safety precautions are available on the National Park Service website:.

Smoky Bear Ranch offers a free loaner program that includes high-quality bear spray. There are an estimated 55, Grizzly bears in North America, most of which live in Alaska. Of thatroughly can be found in Montana. Grizzly bears range in color from blond to nearly black, adult females on average weigh between and pounds, whereas adult males on average weigh between and pounds, with reported exceptions as large as 1, pounds, and nearly 10 feet tall on their hind legs.

Grizzlies typically stand 3 to 4 feet high on all fours, but again, exceptions have been noted as tall as 5 feet on all fours. Naturally, you may see smaller sized Grizzlies and larger sized Black bears therefore understanding some defining differences for the Grizzly will help you identify them correctly:. Grizzly bears eat both plants and animals including large mammals such as moose, elk, caribou, deer, bighorn sheep, and bison. They will also eat fish, quite often spawning salmon, and birds and their eggs, Casual encounters Bear it is not uncommon for their diet to consist mostly of plant life, primarily berries.

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Other colors range from blond to brown. Typically smaller than Grizzly bears, adult female Black bears on average weigh between 90 and pounds, while adult males weigh on average between pounds and pounds. Plants, grasses, shrubs, tree buds, fruits and berries are all common meals. Black bears by nature are not as aggressive as Grizzly bears, but just like Grizzlies, will fiercely protect their young.

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In some cases, we may be the publisher, in other cases, a third-party may be the publisher. Book Direct. Glacier National Park Bears. Naturally, you may see smaller sized Grizzlies and larger sized Black bears therefore understanding some defining differences for the Grizzly will help you identify them correctly: Large muscular hump on the shoulders Concave facial profile versus flat Small rounded ears versus taller and pointed Lower rump below shoulders, versus above Longer claws up to 4 inches Grizzly bears eat both plants and animals including large mammals such as moose, elk, caribou, deer, bighorn sheep, and bison.

The largest recorded Black bear weighed in at an estimated 1, pounds, and nearly 8 feet long.

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