HIMALAYAN BROWN BEAR/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus



DESCRIPTION: The Himalayan Brown Bear is the world’s largest terrestrial carnivore. It is considerably smaller than its more famed relatives – the Grizzly and the Kodiak Bears. However, it is still a very large bear with a thick, reddish brown coat with no clear chest markings that are present in most other bears. In young cubs, however, an indistinct chest marking is seen, and this can be visible even in some adults in a new summer coat. The coat is shorter in summer and longer in winter, individual hair reaching up to eight inches in length.The darker brown of new pelage can turn reddish brown in an older coat. Its claws are white in colour unlike the black of the Himalayan Black Bear.

BEHAVIOUR: This is the least arboreal bear and is largely terrestrial as an adaptation to life in the rolling uplands, above the treeline. It hibernates in winter.

DISTRIBUTION: Through the Western Himalayan states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand (3,000–5,000 m).

HABITAT: It is not primarily a forest animal and inhabits alpine scrub and meadows above the treeline, although it is occasionally found in subalpine forests.

Size :150–280 cm

IUCN Status: Least Concern


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