Kodiak Bear Height – Standing and on All Fours

Kodiak Bear Height - Standing and on All Fours

I did a video and blog article recently about how much the mighty Kodiak bear can weigh. Another common question about the world’s largest bear is how tall the Kodiak bear is.

In another past video I did some time ago, I shared how to judge the size of bears. As I explained, bears are commonly spoken of in terms of squared feet. So for example, when a wildlife biologist or bear guide talks about a “9-foot bear,” that’s a reference to the squared feet of the bear, which is a combination of the vertical and horizontal dimensions of the bear, not the exact height alone of a bear.

Standing on their hind legs, a mature Kodiak bear can be over ten feet tall! To put things in perspective, I’m about 6 foot 2, and as you can see in the photo below, the mounted Kodiak bear towers over me.

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Even on all fours, a big Kodiak bear can still reach an impressive height of around 5 feet. Again, to put things in perspective, in the photo below I am standing next to another big mounted Kodiak bear, this one at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office on Kodiak Island. Even though this bear display is on a pedestal, you can still see just how gigantic these incredible beasts can get! And let me tell you from experience, while taxidermy displays of these big bears are very impressive, seeing one in real life is something you’ll never forget!

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So there you have it, that’s a quick look at how tall the mighty Kodiak bear can be both when standing up on their back legs as well as on all fours. Check out the video below to see more…

The Adventures of King Kodiak, The Biggest Brown Bear in the World, Joseph Classen
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