Species Spotlight: Polar Bear

Polar bear

Questions and Answers

How big are polar bears?
The largest land carnivores, polar bears weigh up to 1,430 pounds and can grow to nine feet long.

How big are polar bears when they are fully grown?
When fully grown, males usually measure about eight to nine feet nose to tail, and females are about six to seven feet long. And their feet are each the size of a dinner plate—about a foot wide.

How much time do polar bears spend hunting?
Polar bears spend over 50% of their time hunting for food, but less than 2% of their hunts are successful.



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