NFR What kind of bear...?

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  1. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

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    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?

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  2. DennisE

    DennisE Topwater and tying.

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    polar bear
     
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    IveofIone Active Member

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    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.

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  6. Old Man

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    It looks like a small bear, probably going to be a big Black one when he grows up.
     
  7. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

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    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. Jason Rolfe

    Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    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.
     
  9. Preston

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    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.
     
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    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Dishwater-blonde (black) would be my guess; based on what I can see from the larger, rounder shaped ear.
     
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    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.
     
  12. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    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.
     
  13. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    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!
     
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    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.
     
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    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.