If you are going to hunt black bear, you must know the bear characteristics! Look for a combination of characteristics.
Black Bear Characteristics
- Straight face profile
- Tall pointed ears
- No shoulder hump
- Short claws: front claw, 1½ inches long
Grizzly Bear Characteristics
- Dished face profile
- Short rounded ears
- Shoulder hump
- Long claws: front claw, 2 to 4 inches long
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