Bear

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Bears
Temporal range: 38–0 Ma
Late Eocene – Recent
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Brown bear from Kodiak, Alaska
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Infraorder: Arctoidea
Family: Ursidae
G. Fischer de Waldheim, 1817
Subfamilies

Amphicynodontinae
Hemicyoninae
Ursavinae
Agriotheriinae
Ailuropodinae
Tremarctinae
Ursinae

Where bears live


Bears are a group of large mammals. They form the family Ursidae, in the suborder Caniformia of the order Carnivora. There are 9 living bear species.

Appearance[change | change source]

Bears usually have a big body with short and thick legs. They only have a very short tail. They have small eyes and round ears. They usually have longer, shaggy fur. On each foot they have five claws, which they cannot pull back. They have very good senses of smell and hearing. They can stand up on their back legs. Usually bears can climb and swim very well.

Life[change | change source]

They are mostly active at night (except for the Polar Bear). Some bears hibernate, that means they sleep during the winter to save energy.

Bears are usually omnivorous, which means that they eat plants and meat. They eat berries, grass, and fish. An exception is the polar bear, which eats mostly meat.

A polar bear.