Learn About Yak

  • Classification: Mammal
  • Species: Grizzly Bear (Ursus horribilis)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 40-50yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 25yrs
  • Length: 6-7ft
  • Weight: 800-1200lbs
  • Height: 3.5ft (at shoulder)
  • Range in the Wild: Alaska,┬áCanada, less than 1000 live in continental US
  • Habitat in the Wild: mountainous regions,┬átundra, alpine meadows, coastline
  • Diet: Omnivore
    • Diet in the Wild: small mammals, large game, salmon, vegetation, berries, nuts, roots
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: donated meats, fish, vegetables, fruit, kibble
    • Gender: Female
    • Birth: 1991
    • Arrival: September 1992
    • Lives In: Carnivore Section

Kodi and Yak are siblings that were orphaned near Soldotna, Alaska in 1991. It was suspected that a territorial male had killed their mother. When placed at our facility we started the process of rehabilitation, keeping them away from people so they would not imprint. Once they were old enough to be released, Alaska was contacted but the release was denied. Alaska Department of Fish and Game may have had administrative changes that lead them to deny the release request or it could have been a miscommunication, either way, they have been able to make a great impact with many people here at Wildlife Images.