Friday, October 29, 2010

My Favorite Organism: The Kodiak Bear

The Kodiak Bear, or the Alaskan Grizzly, lives in the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago.  The bears immense size and natural weapons (claws and jaws) pretty much make it the top of the food chain.  Despite the fact that the Kodiak has been outfitted for carnage, it has the tendency to be a gentle giant.  After hibernation, the bear eats some growing vegetation as well as the remains of any animals that didn't make it through the winter.  During  spring, the bear eats many different types of vegetation.  The summer brings the running of the salmon, which keeps the bears well fed.  And in the fall, the bears feed on more berries and some invertebrates along the shore.  While there are several deer, elk, and goats on the island too, the bears seldom feed on them.

So like I said, the bear is kind of a gentle giant...but that doesn't mean they're nice to play with!

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