Brown bears have a muscular shoulder hump, which allows them to dig up roots and rocky ground to build dens and tear apart logs to find food. Subspecies of brown bear include the Kodiak bear, the Eurasian brown bear and the grizzly bear.
Worldwide brown bear populations are fairly large, however, localised populations are fragmented and decreasing due to habitat loss, human conflict and hunting.
Bears are inquisitive and opportunistic and suffer in captive situations, such as zoos and circuses, displaying abnormal behaviours including bar-biting, swaying from side to side and even self-mutilation.
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