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Incredible photos. I love the ones you posted back on Sept 14th, especially the one of Grinnell Lake and Angel Wing. Looking at my filed guide, I can't identify the bears either. According to National Audubon Society the black bear has "3 pairs of upper incisors equal in size" while the grizzly bear has "outer pair of incisors larger than inner 2." You should have taken a very close look at their teeth. Perhaps you could identify from the bite marks.
Perhaps you could identify from the bite marks.
Finally, what everyone is waiting for, some bears:http://www.jeffblaylock.com/window/photos/1021.jpghttp://www.jeffblaylock.com/window/photos/1023.jpghttp://www.jeffblaylock.com/window/photos/1022.jpgNow, I've been trying to convince myself that these are black bears, but I have some doubts, especially after looking closely at the yearling's round face. I didn't get close enough to them to check their IDs, and it's sometimes hard to tell black bears from grizzlies in the wild. Nevertheless, I'd rather call them black bears until an expert convinces me otherwise.
Thanks Richard, I've posted a couple of photos to the Yellowstone Loon chat page.The ears certainly look more like a black bear, but that yearling's face is very round for a black bear. I'll see if some experts weigh in on the ID.
I'm slowly publishing the long-winded trip report on my website. I'll save Casa Grande's bandwidth by posting links. For those interested, here's the report:Prelude - Dashing Through 4 Canadian National ParksThe First Day in GlacierThe Big HikeA "Day Off" Following that Big HikeGrinnell Glacier and the RamOf Icebergs and Cold WaterWhere the Prairie Meets the MountainsEpilogue - Lessons Learned
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