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About Bear Size?

I'm asking this question because I really don't know. What size would a small mature bear's weigh and about the shoulder height? This would be a bear of age to have had cubs or the age of a male to be a breeder. I remember seeing a small bear that was classified as an adult. What is the smallest mature bear you know of?
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A 10 year old bear (or older) can be 150 lbs. They don't all get bigger with age......just like people.
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That's a god question. Look at the PA bear harvest figures from last year. Should be on the PGC website somewhere. The ages and weights are all over the place. From 180 pound 10 year olds to 350 pound 2 year olds. Males are generally bigger, but weights are all over the place and not always aligned with age.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-07-2018, 08:19 AM
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There are sows that are 10-20 years old killed every year in pa that weigh 130-150lbs and possibly smaller than that. The age harvest data on the pgc site is very interesting to look at. It's amazing the variation probabaly mainly food source related but who knows.
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There was an 8 year old female killed at 90 lbs last year. All bears are old enough to survive on their own by the time hunting season comes around, so thats why all bears are legal targets. In the animal world, if you can survive on your own, you are at least to some degree, considered an adult.
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No my was 131lb cub says right on the paperwork
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If can look at the ears, big ears small bear, little ears big bear.

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Thank you for the info.
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A 55 gallon barrel is 36Ē tall. When hunting over bait out of state, if a bearís back was equal to the barrel height.....he was a good shooter.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-08-2018, 02:22 AM
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I have seen far Cubs with good food sauce wiegh 160 pounds - while 30 year old sows that was dry could not even have Cubs any more weigh 200 pounds

You just never know
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