The Grizzly and the Kodiak are actually different kinds of brown bear. They are very similar but the Kodiak is known for having a larger bone structure. Other than that, they look very similar and have similar characteristics.
The Kodiak bear and the Grizzly bear both belong to the Ursos Arctos aka brown bear family, and are two sub-species that are very commonly confused for one another. The largest populations of brown bears (both types) are found in North America. There are 10 sub-species total of Ursos Arctos!
A main difference between the Kodiak and the Grizzly is geographical locations: The Kodiaks are mainly found on Kodiak Island (south of Alaska) and the Grizzlies are found inland (mainly in protected parks in Wyoming, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and some parts of Canada).
The distinction between a brown bear (this includes the Kodiak bear) and grizzlies is their relation to the coast. Brown bears live on the coast, consuming a large amount of protein from fish, enabling them to grow quite large, up to 1500 pounds. The interior bears, or grizzlies, of Alaska, Canada, and the lower 48 do not have access to the salmon spawns and weigh around 500 pounds.
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