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Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Butler / Moshannon Pa
I took my son to Idaho panhandle for spring bear in 2002. Montana and Idaho have a lot of colorphase bear. A fella at our camp killed a pretty cinnamon and I also saw 2 blonde bears while fishing the St. Joe. Hunters were cautioned about misidentifying grizzly for a black. Bears come to the bait sites late, especially the bigger ones. In low light scenerios, a grizzly can be misidentified for a color phase black bear, particularly by a novice hunter that you see at some of these camps.
I hunted black bear in Alaska in an area that had a 50-50 mix of black and brown bear. We’d look over every brownie to make certain it wasn’t a colorphase black bear. Color phasing in Alaskan bear wasn’t as common as it was in the Bitteroot Mts. of the West, and coastal brown bears are considerably larger than a grizzly.
Some sporting camps in Maine had to start prohibiting hunters from shooting at coyotes on a bait site because they ended up shooting wolves ( which are protected ). The camp I hunted had a wolf shot, the hunter turned it into the state. Again, the problem goes back to inexperienced hunters operating in low light conditions. Not a good combination.