How Fast Can a Polar Bear Run?

A polar bear can run 18.6 miles per hour. It is the slowest of the bear species but is ranked as the largest land carnivore in the world, which may account for its lack of speed.

Located in the areas of the Arctic Circle, the average polar bear is almost 8 feet long and weighs over 1,400 pounds. They are born on land but spend much of their time at sea on the ice. Their strength lies not in their speed but in their sense of smell. Their sense of smell is so keen they can detect a seal from 40 miles away.