There’s no doubt that there are several different types of bears in existence today. However, there are also a few extinct bear species that roamed the earth.
There are about 7 kinds of bears that are now extinct. They are the Atlas bear, Bergman’s bear, California grizzly bear, Mexican grizzly bear, the Steppe brown bear, the short-faced bear, and the cave bear.
The atlas bear or African bear was a species of brown bears that live in North Africa. They lived in the Atlas mountains ranging from Morroco to Libya. It is believed that they weighed up to 1,000 pounds and fed mainly on roots, acorns, and nuts.
Bergman’s bear is extinct subspecies of the brown bear that lived in the Kamchatka Peninsula. The bear was identified and named by Swedish zoologist Sten Bergman in 1920. Not much is known about this bear and there is little evidence to support its actual existence.
California Grizzly Bear
The California grizzly bear is an extinct subspecies of the grizzly bear, the very large North American brown bear. This bear shared similar characteristics to that of the Kodiak bear found on the southern coast of Alaska.
Mexican Grizzly Bear
This is an extinct species of grizzly bears that lived in northern parts of Mexico. The Mexican grizzly bear could also be found in parts of Arizona and Texas.
Steppe Brown Bear
Short Faced Bear
The short-faced bear is an extinct bear that inhabited North America thousand of years ago. They lived mainly in California and are thought to have been the fastest species of bears due to their forward-facing toes.
The Cave Bear
The cave bear was a species of bear that lived in Europe and Asia. This bear became extinct 27,500 years ago during the ice age.