woody meristem
Stills and a video of bears out back -- https://forestandfield.blogspot.com/
http://forestandfield.blogspot.com/
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Vonfoust
Nice job Woody.  Those pictures with the blaze on that one seem to be the same bear year to year, your thoughts too? 

Wondering about the video.  I don't have a lot of experience with bears, is that a summer coat or is it mangy?  I am hearing a lot about mange in bears in PA lately. 
When I look at the smiles on all the children's faces, I just know they're about to jab me with something.
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woody meristem
I'm pretty sure it was the same bear from 2005 until 2016; in that 2013 photo I'm thinking he was about 500 pounds. In 2016 a bear in excess of 600 pounds was shot within five miles as the crow flies, maybe closer, so I figure it was the bear with the blaze. That may well be why no bear appeared in 2017 and now the bear in the video has occupied the territory.

The bear in the video was probably shedding the coat it wore last winter. It could be mange, but I think it was shedding -- the video's not sharp enough to really tell and the white flash photos all missed those bare-looking spots on its thighs. Here's a photo from six years ago of a bear that I'm pretty sure had mange -- the camera took two photos and that bear never again showed up on camera. Black Bear 7-12-2012 - probable mange.jpg
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woody meristem
Vonfaust asked if the bear had mange, at the time I thought it was just molting. Wrong! it was back again and this time both the video and still photograph make it apparent that the bear has sarcoptic mange. If it survives until late fall it certainly won't survive the winter. Unfortunately mange has become all too common in black bears in this part of Pennsylvania. The video and a still photo are here --
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Vonfoust
That's a real shame.  Mange seems to be becoming a real issue. 
When I look at the smiles on all the children's faces, I just know they're about to jab me with something.
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