What is the State Animal of Montana?
Grizzly Bear is the official state animal of Montana. Grizzly Bear was entitled as the Montana’s state animal in 1953. Ursus arctos horribilis is the scientific name of Grizzly Bear. It is commonly known as North American brown bear or brown bear or Golden bear.
On April 7, 1983, the Governor Ted Schwinden signed the bill into law designating the grizzly bear or Ursus Arctos Horribilis as the official state animal of Montana. The law designating the grizzly bear as the official Montana’s state animal is found in the Montana Revised Statutes, Title 1, Chapter 1, Part 5, Section 1-1-508.
State animal of Montana Facts—
Common Name: Grizzly Bear
Scientific Name: Ursus arctos horribilis
Color: From blond to nearly black grizzly bear hair is typically brown with darker legs and commonly white or blond tipped hair on the flank and back.
Height: 5-8 feet
Weight: Adult male grizzlies weigh on average 180–360 kg (400–790) lb while adult female weigh 130–180 kg (290–400 lb).
Diet: Omnivorous (That means they eat both the vegetation and meat)
Cubs: 2-3 (during winter)
Major strength: Agility, smelling and hearing power
Major weakness: Poor vision
Lifespan: 20-30 years
Montana state animal, Grizzly Bears typically don’t roam very far. They are very defensive of their territory. They scratch trees with their claws to mark supremacy of a region. About 75% of a Grizzly Bears diet is plants. They eat bird eggs, fish, small mammals, and carrion. They are omnivores but they do not try for large target mostly. Grizzly Bears love to eat honey. In the summer, Grizzly Bears consume wild cherries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and other brambles. In the fall, they consume acorns and nuts.
Montana’s state animal, Grizzly Bears are tremendously dexterous. They can run at about 35 miles per hour. They are also good climbers and swimmers too. Grizzly Bears are watchful animals and characteristically not antagonistic towards human beings. Most Grizzly Bear cubs are born around January. January’s full moon is occasionally called the ‘bear moon’ for this reason. State animal of Montana, Grizzly Bears naturally live 20-30 years if they are not exterminated by humans or causes related to humans.