The Kodiak brown bear is the biggest bear in the world! So how much do they weigh, you may ask? That’s the topic of this blog article.
The Kodiak bear is a subspecies of the coastal brown bear. They have been isolated from the bears of the mainland of Alaska for over 12,000 years and they live exclusively on Kodiak Island. As a coastal brown bear, Kodiaks have access to an abundance of food, including the fat and protein-rich salmon that make their way into the many rivers around the island each summer. As a result of having access to so much food in a rather isolated area, and the fact that they have a slightly larger bone structure than the brown bears of the mainland of Alaska, they can grow to enormous proportions.
Like all bears, Kodiaks start out small. When they’re cubs, they weigh between 15-20 pounds when they come out of their winter den and they start packing on the pounds quickly in the years that follow. A subadult or juvenile Kodiak bear (between the ages of three to five) can already weigh as much as 250 to 600 pounds, and by the time they’re a full-grown, mature adult bear, a large male Kodiak can weigh well over 1,500 pounds, with the largest one on record being close to 1,700 pounds. Female Kodiak bears typically weigh around 30% less than the males on average, but they’re still a mighty big bear!
So there you have it, that’s a quick look at how much the Kodiak bear can weigh. Check out the video below to see more…