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Brown Bear

Traits: Heavyset mammal with short tail; long snout; large hump on shoulders; long claws on forefeet; brown fur; walks on heels rather than on toes.

Habitat: Tundra, forests

Foods: In spring, over-wintered berries, roots, fresh grasses, herbs; summer and fall berries; also small mammals, caribou, moose, salmon, carrion (dead animals)

Eaten by: Other brown bears, humans

Do You Know? Brown bears survive winter by remaining dormant in underground dens. They do not eat, drink, or defecate for the five to six months spent in the den.

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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