Grizzly Bear, Ursus arctos gyas. The “Grizzly” bear of North America is a subspecies of the Brown Bear, Ursus arctos. There are multiple morphological forms of Grizzly that are recognized as subspecies that are found in different regions throughout North America. The Peninsular Grizzly gyas of southern Alaska is the largest of all save the Kodiak. The name “Grizzly” was first described by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in their infamous expedition across North America, and could either refer to the bear being ‘grizzled’ with gray tips of fur or ‘grisly’ as fear-inspiring.
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA
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