Ruined bear rug
So 3 years ago I took my first bear in Maine. Nothing big, but special just the same so I decided to get a half mount done. It was horribly hot that week, temps hit low 90s. Just lucky I guess, but my bear had slippage on the face while the other bears from that week at the same taxidermist did not. It was where the muzzle transitioned from blonde to black and was not able to be saved so I settled for a bleached skull and a throw rug salvaged from the bear's back fur where there was no slippage.....about 2.5x3.5' give or take. Anyway, tonight I noticed the rug had a crack in it I could see through the fur. As I investigated further, the skin tears and crumbles easily almost like dry rotted cardboard and is very thin. Too flimsy to be saved, and not the firm leather consistency I would expect from a tan hide.
So I'm curious from the rug owners or taxidermists out there, have you heard of this before? Was it related to the heat at harvest time or just a poor tanning job? Is bear skin thinner than a deer and prone to splitting? Nothing I can do about it now all these years later other than not go to him again if I harvest another Maine animal. Thanks for your time.