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Male grizzly bears can reach and stand 2.44 meters (8 ft) tall on their hind legs; the females are on average 38% smaller, an example of sexual dimorphism. Their coloring ranges widely across geographic areas, from blond to deep brown or red. The grizzly has a large hump over the shoulders, which is a muscle mass used to power the forelimbs in digging. The hind legs are more powerful, however. The muscles in the lower legs provide enough strength for the bear to stand up and even walk short distances on its hind legs, giving it a better view of its surroundings. The head is large and round with a concave facial profile. In spite of their massive size, these bears can run at speeds of up to 40 kilometers per hour (25 miles per hour). However, they are slower running downhill rather than uphill because of the large hump of
muscle over the shoulders.

Interspecies competition
Most notable in Yellowstone have been the interactions between gray wolves and grizzly bears. Since the reintroduction of gray wolves to Yellowstone, many visitors have witnessed a once common struggle between a keystone species, the grizzly bear, and its historic rival, the gray wolf. The interactions of U. arctos horribilis with the wolves of Yellowstone have been under considerable study. Typically, the conflict will be over a carcass, which is commonly an elk killed by wolves. The grizzly bear uses its keen sense of smell to locate the kill. Then the wolves and grizzly will play a game of cat and mouse. One wolf may try to distract the bear while the others feed. The bear then may retaliate by chasing the wolves. If the wolves become aggressive with the bear it is normally in the form of quick nips at its hind legs. Thus, the bear will sit down and ease its ability to protect itself in a full circle. Rarely do interactions such as these end in death or serious injury to either animal. One carcass simply isn’t usually worth the risk to the wolves if the bear has the upper hand (due to strength and size) or to the bear (if the wolves are too numerous or persistent). Over time, it seems the grizzly bears have benefited from the presence of the gray wolf because of increased food availability. wiki

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  • Fremme
    Fremmeabout 6 years ago

    great capture, wow these guys are sure big and i’m glad they aren’t in our area, well done, a great image of this great animal

  • Thank you so much!! I just adore them : )

    – main1

  • Jay Ryser
    Jay Ryserabout 6 years ago

    He is a big boy – nice shot

  • Thank you so much Jay : ))

    – main1

  • Nic Relton
    Nic Reltonabout 6 years ago

    He is gorgeous!!! What a beauty, I bet he gets fed really well, looking at his size!!

  • tuffcookie
    tuffcookieabout 6 years ago

    wow he sure is a big boy alright! beautiful capture hun :)

  • Thank you so much : ) Any plans for photo’s or exhibitions in 2009??

    – main1

    MICKSPIXPHOTOSabout 6 years ago
    Beautiful capture, Marleia. Great work.
  • Thank you so much : )) You are getting some snow there?? We are getting a lot of snow!! I am loving it : ))

    – main1

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenabout 6 years ago

    Great capture.

  • Hello John : ) Thank you so much!! : ))

    – main1

  • Kazzoom
    Kazzoomabout 6 years ago

    oh he is stunning

  • Hi Kazz : )) Thank you for commenting : )) You have been well? Ready for the Holidays yet??

    – main1

  • tuffcookie
    tuffcookieabout 6 years ago

    your welcome hun! i’m working on accuring a couple more exhibitions for the new year! I’ll also be working with 85 grade 5 students or so teaching the basics of photography.. and a few more trips once the weather warms up to capture more nature shots :) should be a busy year :) any plans for you?

  • I have my cohost visiting from England In march!! I am not sure where I will take him yet but we plan on taking a ton of pictures!! : ))
    I bet you will enjoy teaching the kids .. That sounds like a lot of fun : )))

    – main1

  • flyfish70
    flyfish70about 6 years ago

    I love the info you give!!!!! I would have thought that in a confrontation, the bear would kill the wolf!!!! I surprised to find out that neither of them usually get hurt, good stuff!!!!! This is a very beautiful capture of this huge animal, looks like he is filled out and ready for sleep!!!!!!

  • I have watched many specials re: Grizzly bears have benefited from the presence of the gray wolf because of increased food availability. I guess we all do need each other!! Yes I think this guy slept well after doing his little dance on top of the rocks! He is a cutie!! Thank you so much : ))

    – main1

  • loiteke
    loitekeabout 6 years ago

    Very good image of worlds biggest animal. And she is so cute. Mõmmi.

  • Thank you so very much for commenting : )))))))

    – main1

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