Alaska Man Eating Bear

November 6, 2007 4:34 PM | Alaskan Photo Tours

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Kodiak Bear

In early May on the island of Kodiak. drowns the lush forest of fog of mystery. Scattered over a black ground floor, slushy snow melts in the shade rings. From the forest den, a shaggy brown head appears. Unbelievable in size, the creature emerges slowly. Ursus arctos middendorffi, Alaska Kodiak Bear waking from their long winter nap. She is not alone. Nestled close to their massive paws sit two cubs, the size of stuffed Teddy bears. In Together, they weigh only twenty pounds, and are hardly noticeable in comparison with its mother 500 lbs. Although large, the sow is poor, because he has lost 30% of their body weight during the winter. Giving birth, nursing and care for their young has taken its toll, and now is the time to eat. One at a time, takes her puppies in the jaw out of the den and put them rolling on the forest floor.

Kodiak Island is sometimes called "Alaska's Emerald Isle." With gnarled mountains, countless waterfalls, finger lakes, and deep narrow inlets, it could be called Neverland, because it is the place of fantasy. After Hawaii, is the second largest island in the United States, 3,800 square miles largely devoted to the great National Wildlife Refuge. With 117 salmon streams, 14 major watersheds, and within 100 miles road, is the perfect place for the Kodiak bear.

Kodiak bears have existed on this island of 12,000 years. With stream-lined noses and larger bone that the structure-are the world's largest bear Kodiaks are the only scientifically recognized subspecies of brown bear. Separated as they are on the continent, Kodiaks have a reservation smaller genes. But this is not the only difference. other bears, grizzly bears and brown, require a one hundred mile or two survivors, taking their food needs into account. Here on Kodiak Island, where food is abundant, the bear population is denser than anywhere else on earth. There are 0.7 bears per square mile a total population of about 3,000 bears on Kodiak and surrounding islands. Due to their proximity, these Bruins have developed a more diverse social structure, with large boars and sows with cubs vying for dominance. subadult individual, 3 to 5 years assuming lower levels of the hierarchy.

For good reason must capture the interest and hearts of many. Bear watchers, who keep a safe distance, sometimes these creatures term "gentle giant." boars against ten feet tall and weigh between 750 and 1,500 pounds. (Females are significantly smaller in the 350-750 lbs.) Living fascinating lives, and are the unique and unpredictable as human beings. Weighing less than one pound, hairless, blind and toothless cubs enter life almost as helpless as human babies. One to three cubs born in each litter, although sows have been spotted with up to five cubs. Litter size depends largely on the health of the mother and food availability. At the end of their first year of life the cubs weigh up to 80 pounds. For two or four cubs stay with their mothers, who teach them the skills needed to survive they were pursuing.

No skill is more important to a Kodiak to eat, and this activity takes up most of their waking hours. Although classified as a carnivore, bears are actually omnivores, and eat everything from herbs and berries to fish and carrion. Eating patterns maximize nutritional content. That emerge from their dens as early as March, the bears eat grass and reeds growing in the spring when most abundant. They feast on fish when the salmon start over in the summer. These months are crucial as bears must win three up to six pounds of fat per day to survive hibernation. This is the time to look at the bears in their habitat natural, and will compete for the best fishing along a stream. As the salmon supply diminishes, leading in turn their attention to berries, which are at their peak as autumn approaches. If the food supply has been inadequate, a bear may not hibernate.

In five or six years, women Kodiaks begin playing. Bears are monogamous, and boars sometimes fight for a companion, sometimes causing serious injury. The pairing of the season in June, although embryo implantation will not occur until the planting is defined impregnated in November. Only if you have won the necessary weight for hibernation will implant embryo and begin eight weeks gestation.

In response to the winter food shortage, bears hibernate during the winter months. During this time no are eating, urinating or defecating. Surprisingly, very little lose bone mass or muscle tone. But hibernating bears are not unconscious. Despite their low body temperature near the surrounding temperature, metabolic rates remain high bears. Snuggle to keep warm, and can change their positions in their dens. Aroused, bears may even attack, although this is rare. Only one person was killed by a Kodiak bear in the past 75 years. Bear-caused injuries occur about once every two years on the island.

Although the greatest predator on earth, bears are normally shy and not aggressive toward humans unless provoked or afraid. With its slot Security at the top of the food chain, only natural enemy is man Kodiak. Hunting on Kodiak Island is allowed only in the tightest of regulations. About 5,000 resident hunters apply for one year by one of the permits of 319 bears. Non-residents are required to hire a professional guide, an expense of $ 10K-$ 15K per hunt. 160 Kodiak bears are killed each season, with 70% males. Otherwise, Kodiak Bears enjoy relatively long 20 to 30 years.

It is not uncommon to hear a talking bear guard their prey as if they were family. These outdoorsmen may track a sow and her offspring for years, and may even naming names. Some think that takes our cousins, and certainly there is a relationship. Maybe it started when we pulled our first teddy bear.

About the Author

About the Author
Emma Snow has always adored wild animals. Emma provides content for Wildlife Animals http://www.wildlife-animals.com and Riding Stable http://www.riding-stable.com.

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