Personally, I think bears are pretty cool. They can be a nuisance and cause problems, but they're pretty cool animals.

But have you ever compared a Montana grizzly next to a Kodiak?

Let me tell you, if you think Grizzlies are intimidating, wait until you learn more about Kodiak bears.

Physical Characteristics

Kodiak Bears

(Ursus arctos middendorffi) are a subspecies of brown bear native to the Kodiak Archipelago in Alaska, USA.

They are the largest subspecies of brown bears and are known for their massive size and robust build.

Adult males (boars) can weigh between 800 to 1,500 pounds (363 to 680 kg) and stand 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3 meters) tall when on their hind legs.

Females (sows) are relatively smaller, usually weighing between 400 to 700 pounds (181 to 318 kg).

Grizzly Bears

(Ursus arctos horribilis) are also a subspecies of brown bears.

They are found across various parts of North America, including Alaska, western Canada, and the contiguous United States.

While still large and powerful, grizzly bears are generally smaller than Kodiak bears.

Adult males typically weigh between 400 to 800 pounds (181 to 363 kg), and their height on hind legs ranges from 6.5 to 9 feet (2 to 2.7 meters).

Females are smaller, usually weighing between 200 to 400 pounds (91 to 181 kg).

Bear Behavior

Kodiak bears are primarily solitary animals, especially outside the mating season.

They are excellent swimmers and have been known to traverse long distances between the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago in search of food.

Due to the abundance of salmon in the region, Kodiak bears are skilled at fishing, and their diet mainly consists of fish during the salmon runs.

They are opportunistic omnivores who consume berries, grasses, and small mammals.
Like Kodiak bears, Grizzly bears are solitary creatures known for their vast home ranges.

They are opportunistic feeders and have a varied diet that includes fish (particularly during salmon runs), berries, nuts, insects, and small mammals.

Grizzlies are also known for their incredible digging abilities, allowing them to unearth buried food sources such as roots and small mammals.

Bear Habitat and Distribution

As mentioned earlier, Kodiak bears are found exclusively in the Kodiak Archipelago in southwestern Alaska.

The rugged and remote terrain of the archipelago provides an ideal habitat for these giants, with plenty of food resources like salmon and berries.
Grizzly bears have a more extensive range and can be found in various habitats across North America.

They inhabit diverse ecosystems, including coastal regions, forests, mountains, and grasslands.

Their distribution spans Alaska, western Canada, and parts of the contiguous United States, including Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Washington.

Got A Bear Problem? Keep Reading!

6 Easy Ways to Keep Hungry Bears Out Of Your Yard

There's no sure way to keep the newly awakened bears out of your yard, but there are a few things you can do that will help prevent attracting them.

Bears in the Trash Dump


Bears from around the world

More From 94.5 Max Country