Grizzly Female Claws 2005

Female Shore Walk 2005

Grizzly Cub in Grass 2005

Cub Head Poke

Grizzly Female Swimming 205

Mom Swimming to Estuary Islands

Grizzly Female Bear 2005

Grizzly Glow

Grizzly Mon and Cubs Swimming 2005

Mom and Cubs Heading for Dry Land

Khutzeymateen Valley, British Columbia, Canada, June 2005

The Khutzeymateen/K'tzim-a-Deen Grizzly Sanctuary was established as the first area in Canada to be protected specifically for grizzly bears and their habitat. It also represents the first undisturbed estuary of its size to be protected along the north coast of BC. The topography of this land and marine sanctuary is diverse, with rugged peaks towering to 2100 metres above a valley of wetlands, old growth temperate rainforests and a large estuary. An abundance of wildlife shares the area. The ultimate purpose of this area is to protect the north coast grizzly bear by preserving a part of the ecosystem in which they live. Because of this area's high sensitivity and strict conservation orientation, visitor use is not encouraged. However, a limited amount of controlled viewing is allowed under permit. The hunting of grizzly bear is prohibited and hunting of other wildlife is restricted to areas above 1000 meters elevation.

  • Fast Facts
    • Type: Mammal
    • Diet: Omnivore
    • Average lifespan in the wild: 25 years
    • Size: 5 to 8 ft (1.5 to 2.5 m)
    • Weight: 800 lbs (363 kg)
    • Protection status: Threatened
  • The grizzly bear is a North American subspecies of the brown bear. These awe-inspiring giants tend to be solitary animals—with the exception of females and their cubs—but at times they do congregate. Dramatic gatherings of grizzly bears can be seen at prime Alaskan fishing spots when the salmon run upstream for summer spawning. In this season, dozens of bears may gather to feast on the fish, craving fats that will sustain them through the long winter ahead.
  • Brown bears dig dens for winter hibernation, often holing up in a suitable-looking hillside. Females give birth during this winter restand their offspring are often twins.
  • Grizzly bears are powerful, top-of-the-food-chain predators, yet much of their diet consists of nuts, berries, fruit, leaves, and roots.Bears also eat other animals, from rodents to moose.
  • Grizzlies are typically brown, though their fur can appear to be white-tipped, or grizzled, lending them their traditional name. Despite their impressive size, grizzlies are quite fast and have beenclocked at 30 miles (48 kilometers) an hour. They can be dangerous to humans, particularly if surprised or if humans come between a mother and her cubs.
  • Grizzlies once lived in much of western North America and even roamed the Great Plains. European settlement gradually eliminated the bearsfrom much of this range, and today only about 1,000 grizzlies remain in the continental U.S., where they are protected by law. Many grizzlies still roam the wilds of Canada and Alaska, where hunters pursue them as big game trophies.

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