Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)
- Threatened by man and man’s activities.
- Around 125,000 left in the wild.
- Hunted for sport and caught from the wild to be used in the cruel practice of dancing bears.
- Usually dark brown, but can vary from light cream to almost black.
- Recognised by its prominent shoulder hump.
- Known commonly as the ‘grizzly’ bear in North America.
- Most widespread species found in North America, Canada, Alaska, northern Russia, Asia and Europe.
- The Kodiak bear (Alaskan Grizzly) is the largest of the bear clan.
- Extensive hunting has depleted the remaining populations.
- Numbers decreased by 50% in 150 years.
- Most populations CITES Appendix II with threatened populations Appendix I.