Himalayan brown bear

The Himalayan brown bear, Ursus arctos isabellinus, is a subspecies of the brown bear. They are located in the foothills of the Himalayan and northern Pakistan and do not extend past Dachigam and Kashmir. They are the largest animal in the Deosai National Park.

Himalayan Brown Bears are usually sandy or reddish-brown in color. Himalayan Brown Bears exhibit sexual dimorphism. Males range from 59 – 87 inches long, while females are 54 – 72 inches long. The bears go into hibernation around October and come out during April and May. Hibernation usually occurs in a den or cave made by the bear.

Himalayan Brown Bears are omnivores and will eat grasses, roots and other plants as well as insects and small mammals. The bears will also eat larger mammals like sheep and goats. Adults will eat before sunrise and later during the afternoon.

Photo Credit: Great Himalaya National Park