By Brynn Walling, USFWS
When you think of picnics, bonfires, and camping, what iconic U.S. animal do you think of first?
Is it the grizzly bear?
Sure, was for me!
Grizzly bears can grow up to 7 feet tall! Males range in weight from 500 to 700 pounds, but have been known to weigh up to 800 pounds! Females are slightly smaller ranging from 200 to 400 pounds.
Grizzlies are an iconic -- but threatened -- species. (Image: USFWS)
Lewis and Clark were the first known to report the sighting grizzlies. In the 1800s approximately 50,000 bears roamed the west. Clark recorded in his journal that he saw a “white bear.” After talking to Native Americans about the animal, Clark distinguished the grizzly bear from the American black bear.