Female Alaskan Brown Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) Teaching her yearling cub to fight. South West Alaska. “Brown bears” typically live along the southern coast of the state where they have access to seasonally abundant spawning salmon. The coastal areas also provide a rich array of vegetation they can use as food as well as a milder climate. This allows them to grow larger and live in higher densities than their “grizzly” cousins in the northern and parts of the state.