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Bears in the woods, how tough to tell?

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Unread 10-31-2007, 06:56 AM
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While guiding here in Alberta I have had my hunters kill a "Grizzly".. It was, as we knew a large brown Black Bear but the residents who lived in that area all believed it was a Grizz.

The biggest problem is simply education.. If people don't really care they are simply not going to know the differences between species. As a guide and someone who's ass was on the line for an incorrect judgement I made sure I knew what the difference was..

Sounds like another case of " Shoulda stayed out of the bush cause I'm too dumb to be there.."

Just my two pennys...
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Unread 10-31-2007, 08:34 AM
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Bill, I took the bear test, got the same one wrong.
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Unread 10-31-2007, 09:56 AM
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Coyboy, that one is tough. I showed it to one of my friends, who grew up in grizz country, and he said the same thing I did.


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Unread 10-31-2007, 02:41 PM
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Look in your Washington Hunting Regs it will tell you the difference between the two species.

Joe Oakes
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Unread 10-31-2007, 02:47 PM
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Well at least I'm in good company... missed the same question.

I don't feel to bad though, I've never hunted bear before in my life. Although I have just recently started earning preference points, maybe in another 5-6 years:(. On the bright side there's no grizz in Wi.

Ignorance can be treated with education, sadly there is no cure for stupidity.
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Unread 10-31-2007, 03:04 PM
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I think the bear with cubs is ment to mislead you so that you think twice before pulling the trigger (a good thing). While it is easy to mislead someone with a two dimensional image, identifying a grizzly in the flesh is normally very straight forward.
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Unread 02-21-2011, 07:41 PM
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Re: Bears in the woods, how tough to tell?

I haven't seen any pics of the bear yet, so I have no idea how valid their case is or not.

First it wasn't like they were just poaching. Second, they went to an area that does not normally have grizzlys. Third, again not seeing the pictures, it could be a young grizzly with an underdeveloped hump. A lot would depend on how/if they came clean on it and what they proposed to do to make it right. I can't see throwing the book at someone for an honest mistake. As long as it wasn't an "oops~~sorry...." kind of thing. I kind of got the feeling three guys were congratulating themselves and showing off their bear when someone told them it was a grizzly and they all went, "What??"

I've seen California Brown bears (sub-species of the grizzly) that supposedly "didn't exist". We were told, by the California Fish and Game, they were "black bears in brown coloration....with a slightly larger hump than the black bears in black coloration that kept getting into gardens and orchards down along the edges of Eagle Valley, NV. That would be Gardnerville/Minden. Except where we saw the black bears was around Woodfords and up in Hope and Faith Valleys. The "non-grizzly's" we saw were up in the high meadows of the East Fork of the Carson River.

All that as opposed to the California hunter, who was caught with a gall bladder, four paws and a head. Oh, and a .45 pistol. He was a two strike felon and had a restraining order against him. So, it was pretty much illegal for him to even have a firearm. He only got two years.

Poacher Receives Two-Year Prison Sentence for Wasting Game, Other Offenses CA DFG News
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