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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The same brown bear may have killed a hiker outside Anchorage, Alaska and later mauled another person who was looking for the missing man, police said Wednesday. Ryan Miller, USA TODAY, "'Aggressive' bear likely killed Alaskan hiker and mauled search party member, police say," 20 June 2018 On the Alaska Peninsula, brown bear home ranges can extend as far as 100 square miles. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "Op-Ed: Alaska’s Pebble Mine Somehow Just Got Worse," 11 June 2018 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

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1757, in the meaning defined above

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