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Family Ursidae

ur' suh dE, bears

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Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus)
Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus)
The only bear native to South America is found throughout the more mountainous regions of the Andes from western Venezuela south to Bolivia, as well as northwestern Argentina into Panama. It is named for the spectacle-like markings on its face, which are unique to each individual bear.
Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
Although considered omnivorous, black bears prefer a more vegetarian diet of fruits, grasses, nuts, seeds, and honey. Most meat is consumed in the form of insects that happen to be on the vegetation they are eating, although they will occasionally consume carrion.
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)
Also known as the grizzly bear, the brown bear is the largest of all living carnivores, with an adult being up to 9 feet long and weighing up to 1,650 pounds. Every bear has its favorite foods, with some eating nothing but vegetable matter and others nothing but meat, but most feed on a variety of foods.
Kodiak Bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi)
Kodiak Bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi)
The largest subspecies of brown bear, a Kodiak can be up to 10 feet tall when standing upright and weigh 1,400 pounds. It is brown in color, with the overall coloring on the face lighter than than the rest of the body; this is the easiest way to distinguish a Kodiak from a grizzly bear.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)
fur is actually colorless; it looks white because it refracts sunlight. The polar bear is so well insulated that it can actually get overheated during the Arctic summer.
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