The brown bear sometimes called a grizzly in North America is a large animal, usually dark brown in color, though it can vary from a light creamy shade through to black. The long guard hairs over the shoulders and back are often light colored at the tips which, from a distance, give a grizzled appearance. The brown bear is characterized by a distinctive hump on the shoulders, a slightly dished profile to the face, and long claws on the front paws. There is considerable variability in the size of brown bears from different populations, depending on the food available. Determining representative weights of specific populations is also difficult as there are seasonal considerations to take into account-for instance, some bears can weigh almost twice as much in the fall as they might weigh in spring. Adult males may weigh to kilograms to pounds compared with 95 to kilograms to pounds for female s.
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The awe-inspiring brown bear lives in the forests and mountains of northern North America, Europe, and Asia. It is the most widely distributed bear in the world. The world's largest brown bears are found in coastal British Columbia and Alaska , and on islands such as Kodiak. These omnivorous giants tend to be solitary animals, except for females and their cubs , but at times they do congregate.