The world's largest bear is the Kodiak bear, a subspecies of brown bear native to the Kodiak Archipelago. This species of bear is the largest of the brown bear subspecies and one of the two largest bears, along with the polar bear. Kodiak bears can range in size from around 7.5 feet to 10 feet in length and weigh between 600 and 1,500 pounds. They are typically larger than other brown bear subspecies, and males are typically larger than females.
Kodiak bears inhabit the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago in the Gulf of Alaska, and have been known to inhabit nearby areas of the Alaska Peninsula and the Kenai Peninsula. They typically inhabit areas of dense vegetation, and can also be found in grasslands, mountains, and wetlands. Kodiak bears are omnivorous, meaning they feed on a variety of plant and animal matter. They primarily feed on grasses, sedges, and forbs, as well as salmon, small mammals, carrion, and occasionally berries and nuts.
Kodiak bears have an impressive physical stature. In addition to their large size, they have thick fur, large paws, and a distinctive hump of muscle on their shoulders. They are also highly agile, able to climb trees and swim with ease.
Kodiak bears are incredibly powerful animals, and their strength is legendary. They are known to dig large dens in the earth, as well as break down trees and logs with their formidable claws and jaws.
Kodiak bears have a lifespan of up to 25 years in the wild, and are typically solitary animals. They are intelligent and curious animals, and can be dangerous if provoked. They are also extremely protective of their young.
The largest Kodiak bear ever recorded was a male bear that measured 10 feet in length and weighed an estimated 1,500 pounds. This animal was killed by a hunter on the Kodiak Archipelago in the late 1960s.