Three kinds of bears live in
Alaska. These are the white bear, the black bear and the brown
White bears, or polar bears,
usually live on the ice and nearly always eat meat, especially
seals. They often catch seals by waiting near their breathing
holes in the ice. White bears always have a wash after meals.
Black bears normally live in
forests. They eat a lot of plants and really love honey. Black
bears sometimes steal nuts from squirrels. A black bear can
occasionally attack a moose. Black bears are very popular with
people. Teddy bears come from black bears and Winnie the Pooh
Brown bears, or grizzly bears,
nearly always live in the mountains. Once a year, the brown
bears go to the rivers and lakes to catch salmon. Brown bears
love blackberries, blueberries and huckleberrries.
Bears rarely attack humans.
White bears are very, very dangerous but there are not many
people where they live. You must never go near a white bear. If
you meet a black bear, you shout at him until he goes away.
However, if you meet a brown bear in the forest, you lie down
and play dead. It is very important not to confuse brown bears
with black bears. Also, when you go camping, you always put your
food and rubbish in special containers so that the bears don't