radivs: 'Interior Grizzly Alert & Standing' by Gary Lackie "I found this shot while going through some of my archives. This is an interior female grizzly. Bears will stand when they can't figure out what something they hear or smell is. They do it, to try to get a visual and not as a threat." "One year my brother and myself were down at Katmai in mid September. We were the only ones in the campground. The lodge was closed and we had it pretty much to ourselves. It was our favorite time ...
Grizzly Fast Facts~ Type: Mammal Diet: Omnivore Average life span in the wild: 25 years Size: 5 to 8 ft (1.5 to 2.5 m) Weight: 800 lbs (363 kg) Protection status: Threatened Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:
Grizzly Bear ~ can reach a weight of 400 to 800 pounds, with the male being nearly twice as heavy as the female. When standing on its hind feet, it can reach up to 8 feet tall. Despite its huge size, it can run at speeds up to 35 miles per hour. The most common reason for a grizzly attack is a female fearing for her cubs. Hungry or ill bears may also attack humans.
Bears in general have a heightened sense of awareness, because its large size the Grizzly as a totem represents an especially keen sense of knowing. Grizzly has a reclusive nature, pulling back from activities that drain its energy. Grizzly gives himself a season to recoup. The Grizzly Bear is the spirit keeper of the western direction or water quadrant of the Native American medicine wheel.