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Old April 27, 2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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Black Bear Visit

This black bear came by on Wednesday and Thursday night. He tore down a suet cake Wednesday night and Thursday night in the front yard, about 20 feet in front of the house. I did get a few pictures of him at my feeder above the house. What do you guys think that he weighs?
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Old April 27, 2012, 10:52 PM   #2
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At a guess I'd say closer to 400# than 300#.
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Old April 27, 2012, 11:23 PM   #3
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I figured 430 plus maybe?
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Old April 27, 2012, 11:41 PM   #4
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Weight

I was going to say 350-400
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Old April 28, 2012, 12:22 AM   #5
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Bears look a lot heavier than they really are.

I don't think that one would break 350 lbs, and is probably no more than 300.
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Old April 28, 2012, 01:39 AM   #6
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Shot one about the same size last year.It had a 16.5'' head and was 312lbs.
They look pretty close to the same.Pretty nice little blackie.
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Old April 28, 2012, 11:57 AM   #7
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It is really hard to say. Bears are hard to judge. I killed one a few years back that I would have sworn was 300+ when it fell. By the time I got it to the truck 5 hours later I was thinking closer to 400. It was 260. Still a decent GA bear. This one looks bigger than mine, but not by much. I'd make a guess of 300-350, but I could easily be off 100 lbs either way.
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Old April 28, 2012, 12:27 PM   #8
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Yes most overestimate a bear's weight .I've seen a real 400 # bear up close [15 ' ] ,that's a lot of bear !! I would guess that bear in the photo was 300# max . They also put on lots of weight in the fall for hibernation .
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Old April 28, 2012, 12:37 PM   #9
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Nice pictures! Noticed the Cat (I think) in the first picture then the bear sitting where it was in the second two. I hope you are not missing a pet.
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Old April 28, 2012, 03:37 PM   #10
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Can't say I know how to judge size but he looks just like the ones we have on our place.........100% anoying!!
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Old April 28, 2012, 10:43 PM   #11
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Nice pictures! Noticed the Cat (I think) in the first picture then the bear sitting where it was in the second two. I hope you are not missing a pet.
No cat, just one of probably 30 raccoons that roams around my place.

Just a few of them in this picture. As you can see they are not afraid of the small bear.
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Old April 30, 2012, 07:26 PM   #12
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I think you should harvets some coon.

I counted 14 but but noticed that was a couple falls ago.

Neighbor has 6 cats living under her shed. I told her by fall there would probably be 18-20 and then what is she going to do. I have an idea to help out.
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Old May 3, 2012, 01:13 AM   #13
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The bears are starting to poke around my house too. Time to get the rubber buck ready just in case. Actually word has it there's a big male tom lion hanging around the neighborhood so usually if you have one it keeps the other away. I remember two summers ago I had a big bear make rounds through my yard almost every night till all of a sudden he was nowhere to be found. After a few days I found a deer leg in my yard and my neighbor found the rest of the buck in his tree along with lion tracks. All of a sudden we missed our bear! So long as you have a bear around you usually are safe from lions. It seems people get too excited when judging a bears weight. Same with wolves. That bear looks 300 lbs tops.
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Old May 3, 2012, 10:03 AM   #14
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The bear doesn't look that big in the photo with the several raccoons. Good bunch of pictures, by the way.

I will say, however, that a black bear, even a cub, can look pretty big when he's standing on his hind legs. And for whatever you hear about them being shy, they are rather intimidating, especially in threes.
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Old May 3, 2012, 04:03 PM   #15
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Well, if the bear is that big now or looks that big now, just imagine how big it will be/look come winter!
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Old May 3, 2012, 08:53 PM   #16
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Well it looks like ol black bear is going to hang out around the house.
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Old May 4, 2012, 02:09 PM   #17
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I'm thinking 300 -350, from the size of the ears looks like maybe 3 -4 years old. Of course, I could be out to lunch as my knowledge is all book learned, never seen one up close and personal like.
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Old May 7, 2012, 10:10 PM   #18
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Sorry, Im thinking the bear is 250-300#. Bears have the same size ears from basically birth till death and that can make thier head's look larger or smaller dependning. That bear looks smaller. Still a nice bear if your hunting. Enjoy!!!!
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Old May 8, 2012, 03:29 PM   #19
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In NJ they go to school !
I first thought he wanted to learn but when he started to eat math books I assumed he had failed math !

This is the most northern county of NJ with lots of bears. But in NJ they always have a big fight to get a bear hunt because of the tree huggers .
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Old May 22, 2012, 12:42 PM   #20
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OMG THAT IS A LOT OF COONS!! Do you trap?? If not, you really should! Wow, with 30 of them you can make over $300...
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Old May 22, 2012, 03:50 PM   #21
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Looks to be about 300lbs. And the coon's aren't afraid of him because their combined weight exceeds his.
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