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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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 Only three out of 10 of the brown bears will stay in just one country. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Border walls aim to keep out migrants, but also threaten bears, deer, other wildlife," 24 May 2018 While two brown bear teenagers kept their distance farther downstream, two black bears suddenly appeared on our side of the creek at the edges of our deck. David G. Molyneaux, miamiherald, "You want Alaska up close and wild? Watch out for hungry bears and calving glaciers | Miami Herald," 12 May 2018 That’s equivalent to the size of three brown bears. Kristin Balderas,, "How the giant free hoagie from Wawa Hoagie Day gets made," 28 June 2018 The body of hiker Michael Soltis was discovered Wednesday after a member of a search party suffered a leg injury when a brown bear attacked. Ryan Miller, USA TODAY, "'Aggressive' bear likely killed Alaskan hiker and mauled search party member, police say," 20 June 2018

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1757, in the meaning defined above

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