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    Anyone have some extra butter. I ran out for my popcorn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear View Post
    Anyone have some extra butter. I ran out for my popcorn
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    What about the red pepper and Parmesan, Dave? Gotta have that too with butter on the popcorn before the big game <grin>.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AGL4now View Post
    Notice that in the photo of the tracks, the grizzly track is well less then half as deep as the black bear track. Which track shows clear claw marks, and which does not.....even as the Black Bear track is more then twice as deep......???
    How can you tell how deep the tracks are by those photos? Can you also tell how wide each track is and how much each bear weighs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patsfan54 View Post
    How can you tell how deep the tracks are by those photos? Can you also tell how wide each track is and how much each bear weighs?
    No, but you can get a good estimate of the size of the bear by the width of the front paw (track). As a general rule, whatever the width is of the front paw (track) in inches, you can add an inch and convert to feet to determine the length of the bear from nose to tail and front paw to front paw. In other words, if you have a front track of a black bear that is 4 1/2 inches wide, then you probably have a 5 1/2 foot black bear. Or if you have a front paw or a track from a brown bear that is 7 inches wide then you probably have an 8 foot brown/grizzly bear. I have heard other variations that are similar. Some say don't add an inch for a more conservative number, but I've found from my experience the method is fairly accurate, give or take a half a foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushrat View Post
    What about the red pepper and Parmesan, Dave? Gotta have that too with butter on the popcorn before the big game <grin>.
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    Letís not forget the time of day the bear walked on the mud! Might be set up on a cool morning and softer later in the sun...black bear might sink deeper than a grizz that came Thru at a different time!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushrat View Post
    What about the red pepper and Parmesan, Dave? Gotta have that too with butter on the popcorn before the big game <grin>.
    Oh man now I really want some popcorn hahahaha.

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    Bushrat is 100% correct....black bears cant retract their claws....grizzlies either for that matter. Anyone who's skinned many out will know that. All bears can climb trees, grizzlies just choose not too most of the time...but they can. Mark also gave a good explanation on why black bear claws dont always show up in their tracks. If you are really paying attention you will see the claw marks most of the time, but you have to be looking closely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yukon254 View Post
    Anyone who's skinned many out will know that.
    Not necessarily. Not many would know the difference. I've skinned lots of bears, but I never skinned a lynx (or any other cat for that matter) until about 5 years ago. After having skinned several cats now, I can clearly see the difference. But it's an anatomical condition that is hard to explain unless you've seen both first hand. I've heard people refer to black bears paws as being semi-retractable, but I can't say that I really know what that is either.

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    Iíve skinned retractable claws on several occasions. Bears do not have them.
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    None of the Ursus species (the bears) have retractable claws. Only the family of cats (Felines) have that ability.

    Fully grown black bears can climb trees, and grizzly cubs can as well. Full grown grizz and browns cannot. Too heavy . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzly 2 View Post
    None of the Ursus species (the bears) have retractable claws. Only the family of cats (Felines) have that ability.

    Fully grown black bears can climb trees, and grizzly cubs can as well. Full grown grizz and browns cannot. Too heavy . . .
    Calling B. S. on that Browns and grizzly's cannot climb a tree.......You can bet your life on they can climb a tree, they can't come down very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SusitnaAk View Post
    Calling B. S. on that Browns and grizzly's cannot climb a tree.......You can bet your life on they can climb a tree, they can't come down very well.
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    Yup. Grizzly will do whatever it wants. Up the tree if it wants. Weight only matters if itís a little tree. And since grizzly weight can vary by 600lbs thatís not a good rule to go by.
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    I thought you looked at the scat, if you se the little bear bells, it usually meant brown bear...

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    The bells are a seasonal ingredient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SusitnaAk View Post
    I watched a documentary about that guy. The powers that be warned him to stop feeding the bears. He didn't, so they either fined him or put him in jail....I can't remember which, or if it was both even.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    I watched a documentary about that guy. The powers that be warned him to stop feeding the bears. He didn't, so they either fined him or put him in jail....I can't remember which, or if it was both even.
    https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/arti...an/2011/07/01/
    https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/arti...an/2010/04/09/
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