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Brown bear
(Ursus arctos)
Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Class Information
Class Mammalia
Order Information
Order Carnivora
Family Information
Family Ursidae
Genus Information
Genera Ailuropoda
Population statistics

Bears are eight species of the family Ursidae, among them the largest living terrestrial carnivores.


A bear is a stocky mammal, ranging in size from 59 pounds (sun bear) to well over 1,000 pounds (brown and polar bears). All bears walk plantigrade, i.e. with the soles and heels fully on the ground. Each foot has five digits bearing large, non-retractile claws; unlike dogs, bears have no dewclaws. The tail is stubby.

The thick, shaggy fur is generally brown, black, or white, depending on species; however, color variants occur within species. The American black bear is known for having brown, tan, cinnamon, or even white variants.

Living species

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