kodiak bears

Gallery of Humongous (Really, Really Big) Kodiak Bears

Giant Kodiak bears are the stuff of either dreams or nightmares, maybe both.

The Kodiak bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi) is found in the Kodiak Archipelago islands of southwestern Alaska. It is the largest subspecies of brown bear and one of the two largest members of the bear family, the other being the polar bear.

Mature male Kodiak bears average 1,000 to 1,200 pounds but can weigh up to 1,500 pounds when conditions are right.

Adult males also average around eight feet in length and stand - on all four feet - a little over four feet at the shoulder, while larger bears stand up to five feet at the shoulder. A fully upright bear, standing on its hind feet only, could reach 10 feet in height.

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Most of the bears in this list are considerably larger than those measurements.

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Keep scrolling to see some truly massive, record-book Kodiak bears.