Black Bear or Grizzly?

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Black Bear or Grizzly?

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There was a "bear jam" on the East side when I was going back home yesterday and I got a bit of video.
Sorry for the video quality.
Twas hard to hold the camera, watch the traffic, shift, steer, etc.
It's hard to know what the people/cars might do in these situations so one needs to pay attention when in one of these "animal jams"..
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GNP has lots of both black and grizzly bears. So just for fun, the "big question" for y'all is:
Is this a grizzly bear or is it a very blonde black bear? And what do you base your answer on if you care to say?
It's important to know what kind of bear you are facing if you come across one. They are very different animals.

Remember to carry your bear spray at all times....as I tell people when asked where the bears are...
"Bears are everywhere all of the time."


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This is the best I could do for a still pic. It's a saved frame from the short video
https://youtu.be/YwPrjFboJZQ

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My vote is for grizzly because of the round ears, but I'm just a novice in this area so don't go by what I say :!:

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I'm no expert but snout looks more like a black bear to me.

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this is a grizzly so I vote black bear

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The ears tell me Black Bear.
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I vote with danlowery. Looks like a black bear schnoz to me. It's missing the typical grizzly "scoop".

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Black bear

It kinda looks like this one that we saw in the Crazy Mountains about 6 years ago. I felt pretty sorry for this guy....he has a face (and ears) that only a mom could love.
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In June during our annual trip to Yellowstone Park, Braeden and I were watching a wolf pack with 9 pups at their den. Someone thought they saw a grizzly coming down a draw towards the den but when we put our scopes on it we found out that it was one very blond black bear. If it wouldn't have been with another very black, black bear I would have thought it was a blond grizzly since it was about 2 miles away.

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Yeah, it's a black bear.
Don't feel alone if you believed it was a grizzly.
I heard several people shouting about a "grizzly" bear before I was at a point in traffic to see anything

The ears are one clue.
Lack of a discernible shoulder hump is another. A grizzly bear this size would have a very noticeable hump.
I chose the frame because it showed the bears head in profile.
This bear has what I think of as a more "conical" shaped snout.
A grizzly has what most call a more "dished" shape snout. More "dog like" in appearance.

This bears claws don't show at any time in the video, but if you can see a bears claws, they are great indicator.
The front claws of a black bear are dark, shorter and curved, and not easily noticeable.
A grizzly bears claws are pretty much unmistakable. They are lighter colored, long, with little curve to them.
Their claws are prominent and very visible---if you can see their paws.

That's my personal take on it.
Lots of info on bear ID on the internet.
If you're lucky enough to see either species close up(or with good binocs), check out the various features for yourself.

Cheers and be safe out there.

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The sow and her cubs were still quite a ways away in this pic, but you can still see her claws.
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No question at all, that is a black bear in partial blond phase, still has a bit of its winter coat on.

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Was this on the Sunroad or eastside elsewhere? I've seen a bear that looks like this several times over the years around my cabin.

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scott-atl wrote:Was this on the Sunroad or eastside elsewhere? I've seen a bear that looks like this several times over the years around my cabin.
This bear could easily be the one you've seen around your place Scott.
[EDIT 16000712] Same bear or one that is closely related.
He/she was not far past the St Mary campground.

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PeteE wrote:Yeah, it's a black bear.
Don't feel alone if you believed it was a grizzly.
I heard several people shouting about a "grizzly" bear before I was at a point in traffic to see anything

The ears are one clue.
Lack of a discernible shoulder hump is another. A grizzly bear this size would have a very noticeable hump.
I chose the frame because it showed the bears head in profile.
This bear has what I think of as a more "conical" shaped snout.
A grizzly has what most call a more "dished" shape snout. More "dog like" in appearance.

This bears claws don't show at any time in the video, but if you can see a bears claws, they are great indicator.
The front claws of a black bear are dark, shorter and curved, and not easily noticeable.
A grizzly bears claws are pretty much unmistakable. They are lighter colored, long, with little curve to them.
Their claws are prominent and very visible---if you can see their paws.

That's my personal take on it.
Lots of info on bear ID on the internet.
If you're lucky enough to see either species close up(or with good binocs), check out the various features for yourself.

Cheers and be safe out there.

pete :wink:

The sow and her cubs were still quite a ways away in this pic, but you can still see her claws.
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Great explanation Pete. We saw this beautiful bear just down the road from Many Glacier this past June We were really searching hard to see a grizzly, that I so wanted to believe this was one. My daughter however correctly identified it as a cinnamon colored black bear. https://www.flickr.com/gp/144950193@N02/70wdU6

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