Adolescent Kodiak Brown Bear Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge

An adolescent Kodiak Brown Bear stands on a cliff in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, USA sniffing the area for any signs of danger.

Lush green wilderness, flowing rivers and wildlife is what makes up the beauty of the wilderness in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Standing on a moss covered cliff above a river, an adolescent Kodiak Brown Bear scours the area while sniffing the air for any unwanted intruders.

When a Kodiak Brown Bear is born during January and February, it weighs in at less than a pound but their weight rapidly increases to about 15-20 pounds in 3 or 4 months. Around 3-5 years of age, the bears are ready to fend for themselves where only about 56 percent of males and 89 percent of females make it past adolescent and into adulthood.

The Kodiak Brown Bear or Alaskan Brown Bear is the largest subspecies of brown bear and their place of residence is the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, USA. They are similar in size to the Polar Bear and at the refuge, there is around 3,600 with numbers which seem to be slowly increasing. These Kodiak Brown Bears have been isolated from other species of bears for about 12,000 years and enjoy the pristine wilderness of Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge and the rivers to fish in.

BE-93 Subadult Kodiak Brown Bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi) "King of the River" sniffing the air for danger. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Kodiak, Alaska. Original: 35mm Transparency.



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Photo Title: Adolescent Kodiak Brown Bear Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge

An adolescent Kodiak Brown Bear stands on a cliff in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, USA sniffing the area for any signs of danger.

Scientific Name:

Ursus Arctos Middendorfi

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© Howie GarberAccent Alaska.com

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