I shot a black bear yesterday off the Seward highway road system. I was on the way back to Anchorage when I saw several cars pulled over watching a black bear feeding on a mountian side. I stopped and glassed it. It looked like a small bear and with all the people watching it I was happy to let it go. I pulled out my spotting scope and sure enough the thing's front left leg was gone just bellow the elbow. So people disperse, I climb up and put the guy out of his missery. It felt more like an exicution than anything. Not quite how I envissioned my first black bear, but it had to be done. It was last year's boar. I can't believe how little meat there is on them. I know one thing I won't ever intentionally shoot a young bear like that. I learned a lot about skinning and fleshing though so I'll chalk it up to a good learning experience. Now to start working on salmon for the freezer!