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    Default Male or female black bear on the trail cam???

    We've had two black bears come into our bait for 4 nights now. One is decent and the other is small but I think too big to be a cub. We have not been there to observe behavior and going off of the pictures alone I am not confident that I can tell the difference. Hope someone can tell me if they are male or female. Thanks for the help.

    The second pic is the larger bear, the third pic is the smaller. Im fairly certain the last one is also the larger bear.



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    Pic didn't show opps something went wrong, but even with pic it's going to be hard to tell
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    Any doubt consider it last years cub with a sow. To me thats what it looks like but better to be safe than sorry. 'sides when you have a decent bear and a small one, usually bears dont run in two's unless sow/cubs or maybe siblings after being weened. to much of a size differance.

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    Sow and second year cub.

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    i agree... sow and a 2nd year cub.
    both legal under the regs, but she's not that big anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amigo Will View Post
    Sow and second year cub.
    That's my opinion as well.

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    Most definately a Sow and Last years cub leave her alone to breed for us some more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinker View Post
    Most definately a Sow and Last years cub leave her alone to breed for us some more.
    agreed she is LITTLE too...
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    Sow and cub as said above. It's all in the wrists, a sow has a skinny wrist, they almost have a hourglass shape to them. A boar's wrist will be much thicker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker View Post
    Sow and cub as said above. It's all in the wrists, a sow has a skinny wrist, they almost have a hourglass shape to them. A boar's wrist will be much thicker.
    That's good info Tucker, anyone else have tips on the ID of Boar vs. Sow?

    headin' to the Mainland to look for Black Bears soon and hoping to be able to spot a nice Boar. Never targeted them before though and am wondering how many of the characteristics used to ID Brown Bears work for Blackies?

    Seems really hard to distinguish to me but some of you guys have spent some serious time looking at 'em, got more tips?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kodiakrain View Post
    That's good info Tucker, anyone else have tips on the ID of Boar vs. Sow?

    I could be wrong, I am by no means a bear expert, but I think that females tend to have longer narrower snouts.

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    kinda like labs... the males just look tougher
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    Thanks for the help, although I was hoping that it was a male. Looks like I need to wait a bit longer...

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    good advice here.. if in doubt, don't shoot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blink View Post
    Any doubt consider it last years cub with a sow. To me thats what it looks like but better to be safe than sorry. 'sides when you have a decent bear and a small one, usually bears dont run in two's unless sow/cubs or maybe siblings after being weened. to much of a size differance.
    Totally agree.

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    shouldn't someone get muttley's opinion?
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    Yep, looks like a sow and last years cub. Plus, two of them together. If they were the same size I may think two young ones, but with the size difference....sow and cub. I second the snout comment too. I've also used the ears to help judge. In general, the ears tend to look bigger and more dog like on a sow. On a boar, generally, I think they look smaller, less pointy and less proportional to the head size.

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    Default Comparison

    See if you can see the differance in this picture!


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    Default Actually...

    Actually a pretty usefull pic, if you can stop gigglin

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    Yeah, I agree, and...

    Looks so comical that "He" doesn't seem to care but "She" looks so offended, doesn't she? by the camera intrusion?

    Good photo for IDin' Bears though, so is that a Trailcam pic? Alaska?
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