Big Game Species in BC

GRIZZLY BEAR

Grizzly Bear

Though classified as carnivores, the variety in the grizzly bear’s diet makes them omnivores .

Grizzly bears (Ursus artcos) are the second largest land carnivore in North America. They are widely distributed throughout British Columbia the Yukon and the mainland parts of the Northwest Territories. Inhabiting rugged terrain in upper slopes and valley bottoms, grizzly bears can be found in 80% of British Columbia.

Grizzly bears can range in color from creamy yellow to almost black. Grizzly bears have broad heads and small, rounded ears. They have prominent shoulder humps that are formed as a result of heavy digging. Their toes are close together and in a relatively straight line, which makes their footprint distinguishable from that of a black bear. Though classified as carnivores, the variety in the grizzly bear’s diet makes them omnivores. Grizzly bears will forage at a variety of elevations, from valley bottoms to alpine meadows. Grizzlies will eat everything from worms to salmon and berries to ungulates. They also have excellent senses of smell and fairly good sight. A grizzly bear’s weight will vary from 290 to 1100 lbs (130 to 500kg), depending on its gender, season, region, age, and access to food.