Polar Bear Size

Polar Bear Size

What is the average size of a polar bear. The size of a polar bear depends not only on its age but also on the time of year. Also depending on whether the polar bear is male or female

 

When they are first born polar bears are approximately 1 kg in weight. By the time they first leave their dens they are around 10-15 kg in weight. The weight of an adult female polar bear is normally between the weights of 100-250 kg. The weight of an adult male polar bear is normally between the weights of 350-700 kg.

 

The height of a adult polar bear is usually between 122-160 cm. The average adult height recorded is 133 cm. The length of an adult female polar bear is normally between 180-240 cm. The length of an adult male polar bear is usually between 240-300 cm.

 

These sizes make the polar bears the largest bears in the world. There size is rivalled only by one subspecies of the brown bear known as the Kodiak bear. On average however brown bears are smaller than polar bears.

 

Polar bears inhabit the Arctic circle and are found in the territories of the countries of the United States (Alaska), Denmark (Greenland), Russia, Norway and Canada. However as global warming continues to take its toll polar bears are predicted to being pushed back to living only in isolated areas of the Arctic. Times are looking tough for the polar bear as they are also threatened by pollution. Oil spills in particular prevent the polar bear fur from keeping the polar bears warm and can lead to the polar bears dying from the cold and hypothermia. Global warming is also reducing the areas of sea ice in the Arctic. Areas which are the polar bears main hunting grounds.

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