Mystro, I have to believe that PA and some NE bears grow larger than normal because they are overweight. I doubt you see any 7 or 8 foot black bears in PA, and I'm not talking about measuring them stretched from snout to toes. They usually don't go much over 6' when standing on hind legs. Don't know for sure, but I'm willing to bet that habituation plays a role rather than genetics. Do they have access to dumps? Do people use bear proof garbage cans? Do people feed them like pets or leave dog food, bird feed and other attractants?
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