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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Grizzly

This magnificent monument to Canada's wildlife by Ken Clarke stands on Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver. Grizzlies are normally solitary, active animals, but in coastal areas, the grizzly congregates alongside streams, lakes, rivers, and ponds during the salmon spawn. Most female grizzlies weigh 150 - 350 kilograms (330 - 770 pounds), while males weigh on average 230 – 450 kg (500 - 1000 lb). Newborn bears may weigh less than 500 grams. Although variable from blond to nearly black, grizzly bear fur is typically brown in color with white tips.[3] A pronounced muscular hump occurs on their shoulders which strengthens their front limbs for digging and running; they can attain speeds of 55 km/hr (35 mph).


Plaque below the monument reads: This grizzly bear stands as a reminder of British Columbia's outstanding wildlife. While BC remains home to nearly half of Canada's grizzly population. In Europe, Asia and the continental United States, their numbers are non existent or greatly diminished.

Location:North Vancouver,Canada

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