Thursday, February 7, 2008

Canadian Wildlife Stamp - Grizzly Bear

Recently, I highlighted the $1 (CDN) Loon stamp which is part of the Canadian Wildlife definitive stamp series. Another equally beautiful stamp in the series is the $8 (CDN) Grizzly Bear stamp.

Grizzlies live primarily in Canada, Alaska, and the western upper-tier states of the U.S. They live a more or less solitary life. They are massive animals, attaining a weight of up to 1500 lbs. What is surprising about them is that they can move in bursts of up to 35 miles per hour.

Although grizzlies are often thought of as fish-eaters, especially salmon swimming upstream to spawn, they are, in fact, omnivores; they will eat plants and roots. as well as meat. Grizzlies have also been known to eat large mammals such as moose and elk.

This large stamp was the highest denominated stamp issued by Canada. It features a detailed engraving of a grizzly bear with lithographed colorations. The superb engraving hides several anti-counterfeiting details, including a blockish engraving of the figure '8' in the bears right rear leg.

They are available for about $8 (US) plus shipping on most auction sites.

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