The Grizzly Bear is any North American form of brown bear, and is simply called the North American Brown Bear by scientists. Huge animals, they can weigh on average up to 360kg (790lb) for males, and half that for females, although there are recorded animals approaching 700kg and standing 3m high on their hind legs.
While they can be blond to almost black, most are brown in colour. Males average lifespan is 22, females 26, although they can live over 40 years in captivity. They are omnivorous, eating animals like moose, elk, caribou, deer, bighorn sheep, and bison; fish such as salmon, trout, and bass; and plants like nuts, tubers and grasses.
The Grizzly is now found in Alaska, south through much of western Canada, and into portions of the northwestern United States (including Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming), extending as far south as Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. It is most commonly found in Canada.
DESIGNER: William Woodruff
REVERSE: Pictures a Grizzly Bear standing by a body of water, with a mountain landscape in the background. Inscribed along the top is “CANADA”, along the bottom “FINE SILVER 1 OZ. ARGENT PUR.”, and in the artwork the coin purity, “9999.”