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The Eurasian Brown Bear and the Syrian Brown Bear

The natural world has always been of terrific interest to me, especially when it comes to animals like the great horned owl.

The Eurasian Brown Bear

The Eurasian 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.

The Russian bear is the same as the grizzly bear. Alaska used to belong to Russia, of course!

The Russian bear is the same as the grizzly bear. Alaska used to belong to Russia, of course!

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.

The Syrian Brown Bear

The Syrian Brown Bear

Syrian Brown Bear Distribution Map

Syrian Brown Bear Distribution Map

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.

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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.

This famous abused Polish bear was misused, but remembered.

This famous abused Polish bear was misused, but remembered.

Sculpture: a tribute to bear abuse.

Sculpture: a tribute to bear abuse.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Wesman Todd Shaw


Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 29, 2012:

Hey thanks Cathleena!!

I DO wish to see that! I should tell you that this particular hub is very short in comparison to the other bear hubs I've done - because the information for grizzly and Kodiak bears, were it repeated here, would have been too repetitive for my tastes.

Cathleena Beams from Tennessee on May 29, 2012:

I love bears so of all your hubs to choose from (lots) I chose to read this one. Well done! That photo of the Syrian Brown bear is awesome. If you're interested in taking a peak - I recently created a hub entitled "Crazy for Black Bears" that sports my very own picture that I took as close up as I dared. Voted up, awesome, beautiful, useful and interesting.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 25, 2012:

Thank you Pandula, I'm probably going to have to expand this one to make myself happy with it, I think I must have become burned out on bears.

Dr Pandula from Norway on May 25, 2012:

Very interesting hub Todd. Thanks for sharing and taking the effort to make this hub! voted up.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 25, 2012:

LOL! Nope!!!

I'd bet they ain't pretty though :)

DoItForHer on May 25, 2012:

Have you heard the saying:

Meaner than a gut shot she-griz.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 25, 2012:

Well Willie we need folks aware that mother with cubs - must be avoided at all costs, as that end really badly for all involved.

I think it was an urban sprawl situation, but I can't say for sure.

DoItForHer on May 25, 2012:

Hmmmm. Must say the bear attack is highly unusual. Certainly not the norm. Would like to know what was different that encouraged the attack. Hope people don't walk away from this with an exaggerated fear of bears.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 24, 2012:

Alan I always count your info and praise higher than Rothschild assess gold! :)

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on May 24, 2012:

Another WTS work of art! Keep up the good work. Bears were also taken in England for fairground spectacles, such as dancing bears (as they are in the Balkans). There are also a few bears in the Alps, not many but mostly between Slovenia and South-eastern Austria. They're elusive and not as big as their cousins.

have a bear attack in my first published book, RAVENFEAST, in the Shire Wood (Sherwood) area near Newark.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 24, 2012:


That is me, of course - looking like a thug. but I've got some friends that like to play with image altering software


Suzie from Carson City on May 24, 2012:

Wes...Just for the record...I can't seem to figure out what that new pic is......?? Can't make heads nor tails of it. Was that your intenet or are you going to tell us what it is?! lol

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 24, 2012:

Thanks JKenny!!

Grizzly bears often have a bit more of a humpback appearance, and that has become more pronounced due to inbreeding via isolation.

If you visit the Kodiak Islands, the Kodiak bears will most often just walk right past you....or give you a sniff, there the bears are way past being used to people, and vice versa!

James Kenny from Birmingham, England on May 24, 2012:

Great hub Wesman, its amazing to think that the Eurasian and the Grizzly are actually the same species bar a slight difference in size. Unlike Chris, I would like to visit a country where Bears roam wild, but I'd make sure I read up on their behaviour and what to do if I ever encountered one up close.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 24, 2012:

Thanks Chris!!

Yes the bears are very scary - when I was littler than now I had an irrational fear that they'd come into our house and kill us all.....but there are no wild bears in this area. They have got black bears in Texas closer to Arkansas.

The story is/was awful, and I recall it months ago when it happened. Wikipedia is very errant on their page for not mentioning the recent bear attacks in Russia.

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on May 23, 2012:

The video about a girl being eaten by the bear was very chilling. That's one of the reasons why I would never like to visit a country where bears live in the wild. The whole episode ended up being a tragedy for everybody, including the bear family. Thanks Wesman for a really interesting hub. I always enjoy reading your articles about nature.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 23, 2012:

Thanks Tex! I've covered em' all but the Pandas -and more these are thesamedangbears as the grizzly and Kodiak, with only the slightest of differences. Black bears and Polar bears are very different bears though....wrote larger hubs on all of them already.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 23, 2012:

Thanks Paula!!! I'm trying to get back into my writing groove....guess I hit a lull.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 23, 2012:

Thanks Kelly Ward, all my other bear hubs are much more extensive - but that is because the Eurasian bear is the same bear as the grizzly, and the Syrian bear isn't much different either - I think I'm done with bears now.

texshelters from Mesa, Arizona on May 23, 2012:

Bear down! Thanks.


Suzie from Carson City on May 23, 2012:

Wes.....The video (basically audio) about the Girl and stepfather on a camping trip...who were EATEN by bears......OMG, what a horrible, freakish thing!

Your hubs on animals of the wild are always interesting and informative. It's a bonus to me to learn something new every day. I had very little knowledge about wild animals, but reading your hubs has changed all that! Thanks.

kelleyward on May 23, 2012:

Fantastic hub on bears! I hate to say I don't know much at all about bears but am interesting in learning more after reading this! Thanks for sharing! Take care, Kelley

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