A female grizzly bear strolls to the drinking hole with her cub near the Cook Inlet in Alaska. Female grizzly bears start breeding at about 3 to 8 years of age and stop breeding in their mid to late 20s. The typical female may give birth to a maximum of 10 cubs over her lifetime, but half usually die within a year. The cubs that survive usually stay with their mother for 2 or 3 years. During this time the mother will not mate.
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