• IUCN Status
    Least Concern
  • Population
    110,000 - 200,000
  • Diet
    Omnivore - eating fruits, seeds, roots, insects, eggs, fish, mammals and carrion.
  • Group
  • Size
    2.5 metres in length
  • Continent
  • Lifespan
    20 - 30 Years in the Wild and up to 47 Years in Captivity
  • Weight
    Females: 150-250kg, males: 250-450kg
  • Habitat
    temperate forests, grasslands and coastline.
  • Scientific Name
    Ursus arctos

Meet the Eurasian Brown Bear


The Eurasian brown bear is one of the most common subspecies of the brown bear and is found in much of Eurasia.  It is also known as the European brown bear, common brown bear, common bear, and colloquially by many other names.  

This bear has long been extinct in Ireland, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium, but still exists in Northern Europe and in Russia, the largest population can be found east of the Ural mountain range in the large Siberian forests.

staff at wolds wildlife park


Maxi & Emilia our Eurasian brown bears

Did you know?

The Eurasian brown bear is one of the largest species of bear and as their name indicates, they are covered in brown fur, with the colours varying from yellow brown to dark brown.  If you would like to learn more about these interesting creatures carry one reading.

How long can a brown bear's claws grow?up arrow

Their claws  can grow up to 10cm and are longer on their front paws for digging. The  claws cannot be retracted like big cats.

Can these bears walk like humans?down arrow

Yes they can.  This is called plantigrade locomotion, and it means that they walk on the soles of their feet with the heel touching the ground. This allows them to walk upright like people, which can be useful for reaching high branches, looking for food, or scaring off predators.

When do these bears hibernate?down arrow

Eurasian brown bears will typically hibernate in October, November or early December and will emerge in March, April or May.

When are the cubs born?down arrow

The cubs of Eurasian brown bears are born in the den in January and February, litters are usually twins but can there can occasionally be three/four cubs. 

These cubs will remain with their mother for two to three years during which time she will not become pregnant again.  

Do brown bears live in groups?down arrow

No brown bears are solitary, except for mating and mothers with cubs

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