There are eight different bear species throughout the world, but only three of these species live in North America: black bears, brown bears, and polar bears.

  • Black Bears: ~600,000 native to North America, living in most of the United States, all of Canada, and even some parts of Mexico. Black bear fur colors range from black, brown, blonde, white, cinnamon, or blue-grey. They are also known as Kermode Bears, Spirit Bears,
  • Grizzly Bears: ~200,000 are widely distributed across the globe with ~55,000 in North America, most living in Alaska and Western Canada with around ~1,500 in the states of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Washington. Their fur color spans across brown and light yellowish. They are also known as Coastal Brown Bears, Kodiak Bears, Peninsular Bears,
  • Polar Bears: ~31,000 worldwide, with ~4,000 to 7,000 estimated to be living in Alaska. The polar bear is classified as a vulnerable species.