Brown bears are known to live throughout the northern hemisphere. They are common throughout much of Alaska and the Northwestern region of North America. Grizzlies have also been seen in places like Russia, northern China, and even a few areas of Europe. The brown bear can weigh in as much as 1,500 pounds and are most commonly found on the southern coast of Alaska where the salmon is plentiful. Brown bears, unlike the smaller black bear, have long straighter claws to help them dig; whereas black bears have shorter curved claws that are good for climbing. Brown bears are also bulkier than its cousins, the polar bear, and black bear, with a hump conformation in the shoulder area. This feature makes them less streamlined but better at running with quick bursts of speed to catch their prey.