Bears are large mammals, eight species of which are to be found in the world. Their habitat range from the North hemisphere to the south hemisphere over the continents of Asia and Europe.
Bears prefer to live in solitude. They form groups only in the mating season. Females take good care of their offspring till they are able to fend for themselves. They have a poor eyesight, but are blessed with a keen and strong nose that can smell quite well. Their skills at climbing trees and swimming are remarkable. They are known to run at a speed of 35mph, but only for a limited time.
They venture out in the open in the dark cover of the night. They are herbivorous in nature although they are classified as carnivorous beings. Many species of bear hunt fish for food. Bears are acclaimed for their courage and strength.
Bears are classified as polar bear, brown bear, grizzly bear, sloth bear, black bear, sun bear and spectacled bear. All of them are known to have large and bulky bodies. They have strong and stocky legs too with which they can even stand erect like humans. They have long snouts complimented with a furry coat. Their paws have five claws, while all have short tails. The characteristic of hibernation is common to all species. This is when they slow down their body’s metabolism and use the reserves of fat built up on their bodies.
The bear’s existence in the modern times is threatened because of the encroachment over their habitats by man and the proliferation of illegal trade in bears.