According to the Park Service, “The grizzly bear is characterized by a distinctive hump on the shoulders, a slightly dished profile to the face, and long claws on the front paws.”
These bears are eating grass and other plants. “Grizzly bears are omnivorous, eating a mixed diet of grasses, berries, roots, fish and small mammals. They are also predators of caribou and moose and their calves. They will scavenge carrion when available. The roots of peavine (Hedysarum alpinum) are important spring and late fall food. Green vegetation is preferred through the summer.”
We saw a third bear, also eating in a meadow. The bus driver told us that the grizzly bears are the same species as the brown bears on the Alaskan coast. The Denali grizzly bears grow to 800 pounds on primarily a vegetarian diet. The brown bears of the coast eat salmon and other rich foods, and they grow to 1,200 pounds.
We saw these bears on our first morning, which started as overcast. We looked for bears when we returned in the late afternoon, but we didn’t see any. Nor did we see any on our second day, when it was warmer.