Brown bears (grizzlies)
The most common of bears, they are enormous, weighing as much as 318kg. The grizzly bear is any North American subspecies of brown bear and, like all brown bears, are impressive creatures. They can stand on two legs, reach almost two and a half metres tall and, with such physical prowess, it is not surprising they are happy to be fairly solitary, hunting alone most of the time. Except when salmon fishing, which is when the brown bear fiestas begin.
The Alaskan brown bear, or Kodiak bear, is the largest grizzly of them all. These are the ones often captured in photos, as they are able to catch salmon straight into their mouths, as they leap upstream in hope of spawning.
It is important to note that although more associated with North America, brown bears are also prolific in Finland and Romania with populations in Spain and Greece too.