What Is the Biggest Type of Bear?


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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game identifies the Kodiak bear as the largest kind of bear in the world. Kodiaks are a type of brown or grizzly bear found only on islands in the state's Kodiak Archipelago.

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Male Kodiaks, or boars, are over 10 feet tall when standing. When walking on all fours, a boar is half that height. Males reach weights of 1,500 pounds. Females, or sows, are about four-fifths the height and two-thirds the weight of boars. No other types of bears have been in contact with Kodiaks for over 12,000 years. The islands are home to about 3,500 bears, with a ratio of slightly less than one bear per square mile.

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