Meet the Brown Bear
The brown bear includes many subspecies, including the
Omnivores, brown bears are important predators and distributors of seeds within their ecosystems. Their diet varies widely by region, ranging from grasses and roots to fish and moose. Brown bears hibernate in the winter, which may range from October to December through March, April or May, depending on location, weather
Unpredictable and often impulsive, brown bears have been consistently characterized as dangerous. The danger of attack, however, is greatly exaggerated. Brown bears typically avoid human contact whenever possible. Their reputation as livestock predators is also inflated and has led to the persecution of target populations.
Protecting the Brown Bear
Although threatened by habitat loss, global populations are not in immediate danger. The Grizzly bear subspecies is currently listed as Threatened in the continental United States but has been recommended for removal from the list. But, to ensure the species’ continued success, TNC is studying grizzly movements by tagging and tracking bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). There are an estimated 800 to 1,100 grizzly bears in the GYE, which includes Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park plus portions of Idaho, Montana