NFR What kind of bear...?

Roper

Idiot Savant
#1
We spotted this bear on a run up Mt. Hull behind our property last week. Any of you bear experts know what kind of bear it might be?



 

DennisE

Topwater and tying.
#2
Can't claim to be an expert, but it looks like a black to me. They run the gamut of colors from almost blond to a full black.
 

tyeoneon

Active Member
#3
I believe that grizzleys have a defined hump by their neck, and their snout is a bit "squared" as opposed to pointed. This one's probably a black bear, as Dennis stated.
 

IveofIone

Active Member
#5
That's a garden variety black bear also known as a TCR-trash can raider. One that looks like that has been terrorizing the neighbors this spring and has also been in the back yard eying my barbque grills-either as a source of food or a mating opportuity. I think the neighbors have finally figured out it is time to take down the suet cakes, bird feeders,etc and start going to the landfill at least once a week.

Ive
 

Roper

Idiot Savant
#7
I think the neighbors have finally figured out it is time to take down the suet cakes, bird feeders,etc and start going to the landfill at least once a week.

Ive
You might be giving them too much credit...:rolleyes:

I never realized that black bears came in so many different shades...no I know. Thanks everyone...
 
#8
Pretty cool thing to spot. Never seen one while out fishing--part of me would love to see one, but the other part of me would probably crap my pants. Even a little guy like that.
 

Preston

Active Member
#9
Although I didn't see it myself I heard several reports of a "blonde-phase" black bear at Chopaka last week. Apparently a yearling wandering around on the slopes south of the lake.
 
#11
Looks like the "cinnamon" color phase; a common variant of the black bear.
I was at Chopaka on one trip and got to see an adult Black bear climbing the hill across from the campgrounds.

On another trip my brother and I were fishing Benewah Creek in Northern Idaho when a two cubs, a black one and a cinnamon colored one crossed upstream less than 250 feet from us.
A minute late the Sow crossed. She was Black, paused, then stood upright staring us down. We just froze until they passed and then left in search of a better stream to fish.
 

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
#12
I'd say Black Bear, brown color phase (not enough red to cinnamon) would be my guess, although it's hard to be 100% positive from that angle . . . head looks too narrow for a Griz & I don't see a distinctive hump, but it's also a young bruin. The ears seem more rounded than a Blackie. If I were hunting it, I'd definitely want a better look before I committed.
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#13
It sure is great seeing wildlife in the wild. Driving thru the brush on my way to a lake today, I spotted a glimpse of a cougar disappearing off the side of the dirt road ahead. Saw that long tail!
 

ribka

Active Member
#14
Not a Griz. Color phase black bear. black bear come in many color phases. Saw a similar colored bear by my house last week.

neat.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#15
I came almost face to face with a black bear on Pilchuck creek one time. I came around a bend in the creek and he came across it about the same time. I believe that was the time I walked on water. I turned around and beat feet down to where my brother was and we left that area. We were about 30' apart.

In my many years of fishing in Washington I have never ran across as many black bears than I did in my last years there. Ever since they quit using dogs to hunt with the bear population has gone up.