The brown bear is easily distinguished from other bears by their dish-shaped face, muscular shoulder hump, and long, rake-like claws. Brown bears average 350-1,000 lbs (160-455 kg) although some can weigh over 1,500 lbs (680 kg). Coastal brown bears are the subspecies most commonly found in Southeast Alaska. They live along the coast and are generally larger than the well-known grizzly subspecies.
Brown bears are omnivores, eating anything from berries, sedges, and root vegetables, to insects, fish, small mammals, carrion, and hoofed animals. Attacks on humans are rare and aggression is typically a defensive behavior.