Where Do Bears Live?

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A bear’s habitat depends largely on the type of bear and its location in the world as bears are found in both wooded and open environments. However, most bears prefer densely sheltered areas for sleeping during the day.

Brown bears are found all around the world. In Europe, they tend to live in wooded areas in the mountains and, in Siberia they prefer forests. In North America, where brown bears are often called grizzly bears, their habitats are more akin to their polar cousins, such as the open tundra, alpine meadows and coastlines of western Canada, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and, to a lesser extent, Washington state.

American black bears are far more given to cover and are typically found in forests and woodlands; however, they will adapt according to the availability of food.