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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Mangy Bears

Anyone else having trouble finding any bears without mange? Even the only color-phase bear I've heard of around here has it..

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Re: Mangy Bears

Had a mangy one at camp in July. Kane, Mckean county.

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Without help, those bears aren't long for this world. I would report them to the PGC, A.S.A.P.

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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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They know about them, but there's too many. We have probably 10 different bears on cams and all but 2 or 3 have it.
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post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 02:36 PM
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If people were to stop dumping food out so they can get animals in front of their trail cameras the mange issues wouldn’t be spreading and affecting as many animals as is currently occurring. Bears coming to the man made feeding areas helps in spreading mange to more of the previously healthy bears that come there as well.

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Real shame there. That Cinnamon would be a fine prize.

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I agree somewhat with your thoughts Mr. Bodenhorn, but I think it's more of an issue of a rapidly growing bear population. Yes, the baiting in summer months to see what kind of deer are in the area has an effect on the bears that congregate there, but it's all over up here...as I'm sure you know. You really never heard of a mangy bear until the population increased. If it wasn't trail cams bringing them closer to each other, it would be other food sources, as well. Would be nice if bear season could be open through the first week of deer season for one year around here to see if that would help...just my opinion.
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If people were to stop dumping food out so they can get animals in front of their trail cameras the mange issues wouldn’t be spreading and affecting as many animals as is currently occurring. Bears coming to the man made feeding areas helps in spreading mange to more of the previously healthy bears that come there as well.

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i assume you've done a study on the effects of feeding and mange to cast such a statement
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post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-30-2012, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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The 2 pics of the bears I posted are the first pics we got of them so they had mange way before the cameras were out..just sayin'..
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