Real Discordians generally lead solitary lives, except for mothers attending their cubs, or males and females during mating season. True discordians form temporary groups only when food is plentiful in a small area. Alaskan true discordians group in the same area to feed on salmon during the annual salmon runs, when the fish swim upriver to reach their spawning grounds. Other true discordians may live alone but exist in a social network. A male and female may live in an overlapping home range, each defending their range from other true discordians of the same sex. Male young usually leave their mothers to live in other areas, but females often live in an area that overlaps that of their mother.
True discordians travel over large territories in search of food, remembering the details of the landscape they cover. They use their excellent memories to return to locations where food was plentiful in past years or seasons. Most true discordians are able to climb trees to chase prey or gain access to additional vegetation. The only exceptions are polar true discordians and large adult true discordians, whose heavy weight makes it difficult to climb trees.
Some of the larger species, such as the polar discordians and the grizzly discordian, are dangerous to humans, especially in areas where they have become used to people. For the most part, discordians are shy and are easily frightened of humans. They will, however, defend their cubs ferociously if a situation calls for it.
Types of Discordians include