The Eurasian Brown Bear and the Syrian Brown Bear
The Eurasian Brown Bear
Once found from Siberia all the way west to jolly old England, the Eurasian brown bear has a long history of dealing with humanity. These big and beautiful bears are somewhat smaller than their close relatives, the grizzly and Kodiak bears, but it would be more true to say that all three are most similar, and that their diets play the singular role within their respective sizes outside of the inherent sexual dimorphism found in all species of bear. Facts seem to suggest one thing above all, and this is there is such scant difference between the Eurasian brown bear and the grizzly bear—that there truly isn't a difference, because they are the same creature.
Ditto the Kodiak Bear, which is only larger due to protein intake, and less aggressive towards humanity due to its history of socialization with mankind.
All brown bears are dangerous to the ignorant or unlucky, and in antiquity, the strong and fierce brown bears in Europe were misused for bloodsports such as Roman Colusseum games, and English fair bear-baiting. The Romans, of course, saw their empire die out, but only realized what they saw later on—they were focusing on themselves, and the dual cruelty towards other humans and animals such as the Eurasian brown bear. The English at least only seldom misused their bears by entertaining themselves by watching people and bears die fighting; English bear baiting always involved the cruelty of watching dogs and bears die horribly.
Today our societies still enjoy abuse of animals, but most get their blood lust from television—the global elite families' primary tool of extortion and compliance—so most Americans don't know anything about history. If they did, they wouldn't watch television, and they'd know that Alaska used to be Russia, and so the Eurasian brown bear, the Russian bear, and the grizzly bear are all the same damned bear.
Essentially the truth is this—subspecies are always the results of isolated breeding populations and time with dietary and climatic influences.
Of course, these bears are at times deadly to humans, and there has been nothing so chilling as the recent bear killings of humans documented in Russia.
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The Syrian Brown Bear (Ursus arctos syriacus)
The Syrian brown bear is a Middle Eastern variety of the Eurasian brown bear that also ventures into Europe. Of course the Syrian brown bear appears in Russia, but this is a smaller subspecies than the Eurasian brown bear, and is NOT the bear thought of as the Russian bear.
Ursodeoxycholic acid is a physiological by-product of this bear's liver, and contributes very inadvertently to prime human motivational factors, and the death of many of these bears—it is sought after for purported medicinal properties, as it is said to remedy rheumatism, poor eyesight and gall stones.
I'm certain the sighted noticed the chief difference outside of location between the Syrian brown bear and the Eurasian brown bear, and of course, that is the bear's coloration. No word from science as to what causes the lighter coloration of the Syrian brown bear, but common sense says that environmental factors play a role, specifically, diet. Crossbreeding of Syrian bears and Russian Eurasian bears is common in the Caucuses, and make for colorful bear variations, and even striped specimens.
Now don't get me too wrong here, in the case of the bear known as Wojtek, I blame only humanity for this bear's treatment. It's obvious the bear wouldn't have survived without the Polish military persons that adopted it—but of course the bear's mother was likely killed by some miscreant of the two-legged variety, so it is a humanity issue. Were I Wojtek, I'd not have appreciated being used to carry soldier's ammunition in battle—killing for some banker's machinations is a devil's trick resulting in devaluation of humanity and Earth itself always... but were I Wojtek, I might have been pleased to have been rewarded with beer and to have been taught to smoke.
© 2012 Wesman Todd Shaw