Generally speaking the polar bear is considered the largest bear species, but this is not without debate. The Kodiak bear, a subspecies of the brown bear, is often more robust and some argue it show receive the title. The difference comes from how one defines “largest.” According to average weight the polar bear is the winner with an average between 440 – 1760 pounds versus the brown bear’s 300-860 pounds. But since the polar bear has evolved for swimming it has a more compact body averaging around 8’5″ in length versus the brown bears 9’6″. Lastly if we consider the heaviest specimen ever recorded then the prize certainly goes to the brown bear with an impressive 2,500+ pounds versus the polar bears 2,210 pounds.
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