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Brown bear - the largest land predator, living in our country capable forefoot strike a fatal blow to the enemy, opponent, or such large prey like elk or deer.

But today the story is not about the bear, and his legs ...

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The front legs bear armed with powerful claws - a versatile tool that animal digs a den, digs burrows marmots and ground squirrels, turns impossibly high for the human stones, breaking trees, fish.

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Claws - beautiful lugs. Thanks to them, the bears move easily on steep slopes where the man is difficult to resist. How many times have I enviously watched the Bears easily walk up the steep snowfields, where I slipped. Due claws, bears climb trees at a rate far greater than the electricians on the poles.

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In the forepaws claws can be longer than 10 cm:

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On the back - twice briefly:

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The Bears - not a cat's claws are not able to draw. But own them brilliantly. I have seen how to use the claws of bears neatly like a sharp fish knife, opened the belly of the salmon to get the eggs.

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The size should be judged on the size of the animal can only be approximate. In Lonchakov (cubs of the previous year) track width front leg about 10 cm in adult bears - 14 -. 18 cm In males, according to the literature, the width of the paw prints can reach 25 cm, but is usually 17 - 20 cm Personally, I never. I did not see the wider footprint of 22 cm.

And yet - the heavy, but it should be made public. Bear paws - an expensive oriental delicacy. Every year, on the border with China suppressed the passage of hundreds of feet. How many passes - is unknown.

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All of a sudden have not seen bear tracks - here they are. This trail of the front paws of the beast on the dried mud:

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The following spring on the solid flooring that can easily withstand a considerable weight of the beast:

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The imprint of the hind paw on the volcanic sand:

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On the volcanic clay in the Valley of Geysers:

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The Beast was a steep and wet slopes, with the force of pushing the claws in the clay. Volcanic clay color palette similar to the artist ...

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Two bears have been on the bottom of dried puddles recently:

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The imprint of the front paws on the damp ground:

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