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Grizzly bear

Ursus arctos horribilis

Hawthorne’s chocolatey-brown, from Alaska. Huckleberry’s a little lighter, from Montana. Both were orphaned in the wild – and now they’re “brothers” here at Northwest Trek.

Come meet our grizzly bears!

grizzly cubs paw up
Adorable, curious
And together!

Our young grizzly bears Hawthorne and Huckleberry are adorable to watch. Born in winter 2018, they were orphaned in the wild: Hawthorne in Alaska, Huckleberry in Montana. Neither would have survived without their mom. Cared for by local zoos, they then came to their new Northwest Trek home in August 2018.

Blond grizzly climbing tree
Orphans finding a home
and exploring it.

Meanwhile, we were renovating their forested habitat, thanks to a Metro Parks Tacoma bond approved by Tacoma voters in 2014. We’ve had grizzly bears since 1993, but these are the first grizzly cubs in our 43-year history. So we took a lot of care to cub-proof everything!

They still love to climb, play, explore and discover their environment.

grizzly cubs on log
Getting Northwest names
and making friends.

Our fans voted on their names, which are based on Northwest native plants: the hawthorn tree and the huckleberry, a staple of bears’ diets in the wild.

Our cubs are also ambassadors for their cousins in the wild. Northwest Trek supports grizzly bear conservation, especially in Washington. You can help too – find out more here.


Meet our bears
Did you know?
Fur and muscle.

Grizzlies are one of the largest terrestrial predators in North America, with blond, brown or black fur and silver guard hairs that give them their common name.

They have long curved front claws, a prominent shoulder hump made of muscle and a long snout. Full-grown, they're 6.5 feet long and around 3 feet high.

Solitude, space
and plenty of food.

Grizzly bears live in remote areas of Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, southwest Canada and Alaska. They're endangered in Washington, with only a handful left.

They eat a variety of food: large and small mammals, carrion, salmon, fruit, plants and insects, depending on what's in season.

and cubs

Breeding in May-July, females give birth to a litter of 1-3 blind and helpless cubs, each weighing about a pound.

A bear's most important senses are smell and hearing. Young cubs can climb trees, but adults get too big.