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What kind of bear is this?
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We were salmon fishing in AK a couple weeks ago & this bear emerged from the trees behind me- I thought it was a grizzly but a guy at the Cordova airport said they rarely see them in that area & that it was probably a big brown. Frankly I didn't want to stick around too long to try to figure it out. You can see it behind me while fishing. Way too close for comfort.

Posted on: 2018/10/3 14:53
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Re: What kind of bear is this?
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Was there supposed to be a picture? If not, brown bears and grizzly bears are the same/not the same. Grizzly bears are brown bears that live inland, away from coastal areas. Because of the differences in diet (high fat salmon/marine, vs lean inland game fruits, plants etc), even though "Grizzly bear" sounds scary, most of the time they are much smaller than a brown bear.

The other possibility, though I don't know if they exist in AK or not would be a cinnamon bear, which is a brown coated subspecies of the black bear. They are native to western US/Canada I just don't know if they go north far enough to reach AK.

Posted on: 2018/10/3 15:24
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Re: What kind of bear is this?
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Whose BEAR is that BEAR?

Posted on: 2018/10/3 21:59
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Re: What kind of bear is this?
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Here are some pics- you can see it just off my right shoulder in the one picture-

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Posted on: 2018/10/4 8:45
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Re: What kind of bear is this?
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Thanks for sharing,,,look like it could be a brown,heck yeah. Either ways,still pretty cool.

Posted on: 2018/10/4 16:40
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Re: What kind of bear is this?
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I'm no bear expert but it looks like the type of bear you don't want to get too close to....

Posted on: 2018/10/5 7:38
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Re: What kind of bear is this?
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Pretty sure it is a fairly young Brown bear.

Posted on: 2018/10/6 0:17
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Re: What kind of bear is this?
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Quote:

arneb04 wrote:
The other possibility, though I don't know if they exist in AK or not would be a cinnamon bear, which is a brown coated subspecies of the black bear. They are native to western US/Canada I just don't know if they go north far enough to reach AK.


Color phases of black bears (cinnamon, blond, etc.) mainly occur in the Rocky Mtn. area, while black bears on the the east and west coasts are almost always black in color. A black bear sow in the Rocky Mountain west that is black colored can have twin cubs and one will be black and one will be cinnamon colored.

The bear in the photo is a grizzly or a brown bear, depending on where it was located - inland it is a grizzly, on the coast it is a brown bear. The shoulder hump in the identifying feature.

ClearCreek

Posted on: 2018/10/18 23:05
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Re: What kind of bear is this?
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The Brown bears in Alaska have color phases as well. Never
black but shades of Brown to pale ( dirty white).

Color phases of the Black bear are not uncommon in Canada.

tweed

Posted on: 2018/10/19 0:26
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Re: What kind of bear is this?
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Cinnamon bears are cool to see if that's what it is. I captured one on my trail cam back in June. The best clip of it is around 1:08 in on this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbHDhhIClpc

Posted on: 2018/10/19 8:31
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