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What are some adaptations of brown bears?

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Some adaptations of brown bears are their incredible strength, long claws, thick layers of fur and fat, and exceptional sense of smell. Their adaptations can allow them to live up to 25 years in the wild.

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The long claws of brown bears, although intimidating, are not retractable and are fairly blunt. Brown bears use them for digging up food.

The immense strength of brown bears allows them to break the necks of prey with just one blow. This even includes animals that are larger than the bears are. They are apex predators, which means that they are at the top of the food chain.

Brown bears live in the forest and mountainous regions of Asia, Europe and northern North America. Because their natural habitats are so cold, they have developed a thick coat of fur and a layer of fat that help to insulate them.

Brown bears have an extraordinary sense of smell. They can smell a food source from a mile away. Brown bears are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. They typically eat berries, fruit, honey, fish, sheep, elk and moose.

Like some other bear species, brown bears hibernate during the winter. They dig dens, often in a hillside. Females give birth during hibernation, usually to two cubs that stay with her for two and a half years.

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