The brown bear is protected internationally as it is on the verge of worldwide extinction.
It is about 180 to 215 centimeters long and weighs 150 to 250 kilograms.
Unlike other bears, the brown bear has no half-moon-shaped white pattern on the chest but only faint ring-shaped patterns on some. However, almost all the young have white patterns.The brown bear, living in deep forest of highlands, mainly moves in the early morning and in the evening.
Between November-December and April-May next year, it gets into false hibernation in natural cave, rock cave, hollowed log and hole beneath root of big trees. If it is ill-fed, it usually does not hibernate. It breeds 2 to 3 young at a birth. The brown bear looks slow for its big shape, but climbs trees and swims well. It lives for about 50 years. Its gall, fat and bones have been used as precious medicines since olden times. The brown bear is living in Asia, Europe and North America. It is found in high mountains in the northern part of Korea.
Ryongnim County of Jagang Province is one of the typical habitats of the brown bear in Korea. The area surrounded by high mountain ranges on three sides is thick with forest and has plenty of feed. The Ryongnim Brown Bear has been registered and protected as a living monument in Korea.