How do polar bears and grizzlies compare?

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Some people may vote for grizzly bears or polar bears, but here is what you need to know before you choose a team.  

Grizzly bears are mostly brown and live in a variety of places. They have long claws that range from 2 to 4 inches. The grizzlies are omnivores and mostly eat fish, seed, and even some berries. They are usually solitary mammals. They eat wherever there is food. Usually there is more than one bear around when they eat. The cubs, also known as baby bears, stay close for 2-3 years. Their height ranges from 3-3 1/2 feet, and their length size is 6-7 feet. The weight varies from boy to girl. Males weigh 300-850 pounds, and females weigh 200-450 pounds. They have a speed of 35 mph.

Polar bears are marine mammals and spend much of their time on, or by, the artic sea. They sometimes travel thousands of miles per year to find food. They are very strong swimmers. The height for male polar bears is 8-9 feet nose-to-tail; for females, it’s 6-7 feet. Weight for adult males is 550 – 1,3200 pounds. But, they can reach 1,700 pounds, and females can reach 200-700 pounds.

But there is no way polar bears and grizzlies could run into each other! If they did run into each other, however, grizzlies would most likely win because they are somewhat stronger and bigger. Here’s the most likely way the play-down would go down. They would meet on a ship for the competition because that is the only way they would be able to meet each other–if migration happened. There would most likely be a swim race and the polar bear would win because polar bears are swimmers and grizzlies are not. If there was a weight competition, female polar bears would win again. So far, polar bears would win. So, the most likely outcome is that the polar bears would win–unless, of course, they were in an actual fight, in which case we’ve established that the grizzlies have the advantage.


Chagares, Jim. “Basic Facts About Grizzly Bears.” Defenders of Wildlife, 30 Nov. 2017,

Lyle, J. “Basic Facts About Polar Bears.” Defenders of Wildlife, 10 May 2016,


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