THE COASTAL ALASKAN brown bear and the grizzly bear are the same species, Ursus arctos horribilis, which as a name is pretty descriptive. Large bears are North America's only true dangerous game and, out of all of them, the grizzly might well be the most cantankerous. These bears are mean tempered, tough as granite, and always a challenge to hunt. The grizzly bear is a creature of the wilderness, and he does not thrive where there is civilization. He lives on his own terms, takes no guff from anything or anybody, and is my favorite North American animal.