Is there a difference between a Kodiak Bear and a Grizzly Bear
I once saw a picture in a magazine - I think it was National Geographic - many years ago when it mentioned about the size of the Kodiak Bear. Are Grizzlies and Kodiaks one and the same species?
It appears they are both part of the same species "Ursus arctos" but belong to separate subspecies, the Grizzly Bear is "Ursus arctos horribilis" and the Kodiak is "Ursus arctos middendorffi". (Info from wikipedia).
The kodiak bear is a subspecies of the coastal brown bears of Alaska and Grizzlies are also of the same species and do inter mate. the kodiak and likewise the coastal brown bears are larger than the grizzlies since they have the advantage of eating all the salmon that come to spawn along the coast of Alaska. They are all considered Brown Bears.
see my hub "Bears of Alaska"
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