Black Bear Identification

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Black Bear Identification

Postby INTIMID883R » May 14th, 2018, 12:00 am

I am going to try to do a comprehensive guide to help with identification of fur variations in game.

The best way to identify the different variations is actually the face, and not the body fur.

Lets start with the Common. The common actually has 2 variations, one with light spots (eyebrows) above the eyes and one without. They can also come with or without the white patch on the chest. If you will look closely, you will notice that the face looks to have short "slick" looking roundish area, that is same color as the body fur. The pictures below will illustrate the differences.

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The Chocolate is also easily identified by looking closely at the face. The "slick" circle of short hair on the face will be either dark brown to almost black, and the body fur will be a lighter chocolate color. The muzzle will also have more brown than the common. The best identifier however is the difference in the face and body fur color.

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The Cinnamon is really easy. In low light, the entire face and muzzle looks black, and even in good light, is much different than any other bear.

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The Glacier is the really tough one for most people. Here again look at the face and not the body fur. The muzzle is near white. The "slick" circular face area is black, and the body fur behind it is noticeably lighter than the face. The patch on the chest will also have more dark fur than the bright white of the common or brown.

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The Blonde is well....Blonde. If your having trouble with this one, you may want to go back to bunnies.

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Here is all of them together for comparison.

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I hope this will help those of you that are having trouble identifying the different fur variations.
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Re: Black Bear Identification

Postby SoftShoe » May 14th, 2018, 8:39 am

This is good stuff! Thanks for posting!

IDing the Glaciers always give me fits.

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Re: Black Bear Identification

Postby xOEDragonx » May 14th, 2018, 9:06 am

Thank you for pointing out that "slick" part of the face on the normal and chocolate bears in particular. I hadn't really noticed it before but I can definitely see the difference between them now.
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Re: Black Bear Identification

Postby stancomputerhunter » May 14th, 2018, 11:34 am

So, what's new Tony? Men have been having trouble with "blondes" for centuries. :P Probably why the Playboy Club was invented. Sort of a different take on going back to bunnies. ;)

Seriously, nice bear guide.


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Re: Black Bear Identification

Postby BuiuRei » May 14th, 2018, 10:31 pm

Great guide, but considering your lead on Jack's comp, you might have wanted to delay it until Saturday. :lol:
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Re: Black Bear Identification

Postby INTIMID883R » May 14th, 2018, 10:47 pm

BuiuRei wrote:Great guide, but considering your lead on Jack's comp, you might have wanted to delay it until Saturday. :lol:


Thanks Everyone. Yeah I know I should have waited, but saw so many post of people having trouble. It is even pretty obvious in the wiki pictures if one really studies them closely. Just wanted to help out.
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Re: Black Bear Identification

Postby VonStratos » May 14th, 2018, 10:58 pm

Very nice and very useful for the UHC competitions, thanks for the guide, just one tip, in low light and at far distance the fur of blondes can seem darker and be confused with chocolate for inexperienced bear hunters(like me), so always try spot the face before shot at the bear.

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Re: Black Bear Identification

Postby INTIMID883R » May 14th, 2018, 11:02 pm

VonStratos wrote:Very nice and very useful for the UHC competitions, thanks for the guide, just one tip, in low light and at far distance the fur of blondes can seem darker and be confused with chocolate for inexperienced bear hunters(like me), so always try spot the face before shot at the bear.


That was indeed my point, forget the body (fur) and check out the face instead.
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Re: Black Bear Identification

Postby caledonianblues » May 15th, 2018, 3:15 am

INTIMID883R wrote:That was indeed my point, forget the body (fur) and check out the face instead.

Huh, that's pretty much the opposite of what I do with blondes :?
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Re: Black Bear Identification

Postby INTIMID883R » May 15th, 2018, 6:19 am

Especially for you David.


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