Species Identification Confidence:
I'm absolutely certain
While Elk hunting with my partner, we came across two bears, the closest being at 25 yards. I got an very good look at one of the bears, the other kept brush between us, but was close as well. At first I thought they were Black Bears, but after closer looks, it was terrfyingly obvious that atleast one of these was a sub-adult male. The head, snout, large ears, body, etc. made the positive identification fairly easy in this case. The bears left to about 40 yards then came back and then about 30 seconds later left again. The total contact time was about 1-2 minutes or so. I regularly hunt Black Bear in Oregon and have taken many large Black Bears. This one bear in particular was not a clearly not a Black Bear. The other bear was never seen in detail.
Decimal Degrees: 43.2,-111.1
The north slope of the Big Springs Creek drainage around 6400 foot elevation within 1000 feet of Palisades Reservoir. Chest high brush varying with Huckleberries, Vine Maple, and many other low brush with scattered mature confiers.
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September 16, 2011, 11:00 pm MDT
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