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.The Kodiak bear is a dark rusty cinnamon color. This bear is also known as the island grizzly. As a coastal bear, it feeds on coastal fishes and mollusks. It is of greater size than the mountain grizzly because the food availability is greater along the coast than the uplands.

The Kodiak stays active longer because their winter periods are shorter and the growing season is longer. They seem to be highly intelligent, more than people give them credit for. Behaviorists say the more an animal has a need for play, the more intelligent it is.

I was amazed while watching a wildlife film to see a bear make snow balls and throw them against a tree. I wanted to show that there is a comical, intelligent side to bears along with their ferocious side.

One of the main food sources of the Kodiak is the salmon during the salmon runs. Some of the bears stand in the water and scoop the fish out with their paws while others just sit on a rock and wait for the fish to jump and catch it with their mouths. I wanted to pick up on that comical side, "Come here fishy, fishy". This bear was commissioned by Bill Harding, one of my initial patrons who bought "Polar Prowler" and also commissioned "Mountain Majesty."

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