brown bear


Definition of brown bear 

: any of several chiefly brown bears that are usually considered a single species (Ursus arctos), that formerly inhabited western North America from Alaska to northern Mexico and much of Europe and Asia but are now much restricted in range, and that include the grizzly bear and Kodiak bear

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Snowcapped green mountains, black sand beaches, and steaming volcanoes make up the scenery, along with strikingly diverse wildlife, from sea lions to brown bears to majestic Steller’s sea eagles. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 An Alaskan brown bear known as 409 Beadnose had her hands full with two new cubs in the summer of 2016. Karin Brulliard, The Seattle Times, "America’s fattest bear has now been crowned," 9 Oct. 2018 Two days later, a third brown bear was shot in Eagleridge for the same reason. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Brown bear sought in fatal Eagle River mauling eludes traps," 26 June 2018 However, brown bears can reach a height of at least six feet and weigh over 1,000 lbs., PBS reported. Char Adams,, "Alaska Community on Edge After Brown Bear Kills Missing Man — Then Mauls Member of Search Party," 21 June 2018 In this video, Wendi Yohman describes the brown bear attack that injured a fellow searcher Wednesday near Eagle River. Anchorage Daily News, "‘This brown bear comes lunging out of the woods’: Watch a witness describe the attack on her search party," 21 June 2018 Brown Bears Katmai National Park’s series of brown bear cams are a definitive classic in the livestreaming canon. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Definitive Ranking of the Best Animal Livestreams," 14 June 2018 Bear with us Rust's and Regal are among the Anchorage flight services that cross Cook Inlet to Chinitna Bay in Lake Clark National Park and the Brooks River in Katmai National Park in search of brown bears feeding on salmon. Mike Campbell, Anchorage Daily News, "The best way to see Alaska: By air," 2 May 2018 The researchers studied eight different meat-eating animals, looking at the ferret, banded mongoose, raccoon, domestic cat, domestic dog, striped hyena, lion, and brown bear. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Study Says Dogs Are Actually Smarter Than Cats," 18 June 2018

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1757, in the meaning defined above

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