Truth be told I am seriously starting to get excited about the Alaska trip. I have been so preoccupied with work and the Shutdown that my thoughts have been consumed with the evil devices of modern Industrialization. It's a necessary evil and part of my employment. Typically when it's all said and done there is a giant pot of money and some memorable moments. This small outage will certainly pay for the Alaska trip and then some so the two week commitment is really a small price to pay.
The huge differences lie in geography. Geography plays a giant part in bear diet. This is the kicker my friends!!! The Alaskan Brown Bear has a primary diet of protein rich fish and the like. Food is plentiful on the coast and these bears grow to an enormous size. The inland Grizzlies of the highlands and mountainous regions primarily forage for their food and a great deal of their diet consists of plant matter.
This and the fact that they have to travel great distances sees them burning more calories and results in a smaller body mass. Their cardio is probably amazing as well as their land speed times but their overall size and mass is smaller in comparison to the fish eaters.
Many moons ago when I was attending Sir Sanford Fleming College we went to the Toronto Sportsman show. One of the highlights of that years show was the Grizzly Bear that was used in most if not all of the movies of the time. I believe the bear was named Bart and the owner and handler had raised him since he was a cub. They backed a trailer into the heavily secured arena and opened the door.
I ran across this crazy video while surfing tonight. It made me laugh and think...I really only have to out run Old Man Maxfield.