Lie Down
πŸ“Έ by @marc_hollander_photography

A brown bear, looking at a snack

The bite force of a grizzly bear has been measured at over 1160 psi (8 megapascals), more then enough force to crush a bowling ball.

A grizzly bears claws grow up to 6 inches (15cm) long and as thick as a cigar. Powered by the massive muscles in the grizzly bears back and shoulders, one swipe of their paw can kill an animal as large as a moose.

The largest grizzly bear ever found weighed 1600lbs (725kg) and stood over 14ft (4.2m) standing upright.

They can run at speeds of up to 30mph (48kph). They are also excellent swimmers so jumping into the water to evade one is a fool’s errand.

They have an excellent sense of smell, better than that of a bloodhound. For comparison: a bloodhounds sense of smell is 300 times better than our own, a grizzlys sense of smell is 7 times better than that of of a bloodhound…. so 2100 times better than ours.

Luckily for us the vast majority of bear encounters (including this one) end without incident. If by chance you ever find yourself in the sights of an angry brown bear, the best thing you could do is NOT RUN and drop into the fetal position.



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