Black or grizzly bear?
Every summer, tourists flock to national parks across North America (and the world) to immerse themselves in nature, or to help their loved ones appreciate nature. It’s a wonderful thing.
Since Simon showed me my first bear back in 2009, it captured my heart and imagination. I quickly shouted out, “wow – a grizzly bear!”.
I was very, very wrong.
It was a small cinnamon coloured black bear.
Ever since then, I’ve been determined to know the difference between a black bear and a grizzly bear. And every year, I’ve made it one of my missions to educate those tourists in the summers as to the difference between the two species.
There are a few critical differences:
1. Black bears have a straight snout, while grizzlies have a dished in snout/face profile.
2. Black bears do not have a pronounced shoulder hump, while grizzlies do.
3. Black bears ears stick out more, grizzlies are less pronounced.
4. Black bears have shorter claws, you can definitely see grizzlies light long claws a lot more clearly.
5. Black bears, for the most part are much smaller than grizzlies.
So here is your test (I’m a teacher, sorry).
Guess the bear – black or grizzly:
#1 – Grizzly #2 – Black Bear #3 – Grizzly #4 – Black Bear #5 – Black Bear #6 – Black Bear #7 – Grizzly
How did you do?