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Lonny
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Icon 1 posted January 08, 2019 05:27 PM      Profile for Lonny           Edit/Delete Post 
Was out calling a couple days ago and I had just got up and walked about 50 yards when I saw something black moving in the brush about 40 yards below me. I figured it was an escaped Angus.

It spooked, and a fat black bear went chugging down the draw. It stopped after running a couple hundred yards and just stayed there until I finally went on.

I've never seen a black bear roaming this time of year. I've never even cut bear tracks at this time of the year. For these parts, it's a rare sighting in the winter months.

[ January 08, 2019, 05:28 PM: Message edited by: Lonny ]

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DAA
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Icon 1 posted January 08, 2019 05:56 PM      Profile for DAA   Author's Homepage   Email DAA         Edit/Delete Post 
Buddy texted me a fresh bear track in the snow a couple weeks ago. Really big one too. We thought it was kinda unusual considering the time and place.

- DAA

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4949shooter
SECOND PLACE HIGGINS (MAGNUM P.I.) LOOK A LIKE CONTEST
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Icon 1 posted January 10, 2019 06:14 AM      Profile for 4949shooter   Email 4949shooter         Edit/Delete Post 
I always thought that black bear hibernated, but I have seen a few in the winter while calling, or just out with the dog. I understand now that black bear apparently go into a "winter torpor," and don't fully hibernate.

[ January 10, 2019, 06:15 AM: Message edited by: 4949shooter ]

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Leonard
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Icon 1 posted January 10, 2019 07:22 AM      Profile for Leonard   Author's Homepage   Email Leonard         Edit/Delete Post 
Yeah, and I heard that new Jersey is full of them? Seems a little strange? I don't see very many and when I do, they are in Arizona. We have them in our local mountains, and that is some tough hunting, if you are interested. If you can find a place to park and access. But every year, you see stories on the news where a bear has come down, climbed a fence and went swimming in somebody's pool. And then eat Fluffy.

Good hunting. El Bee

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4949shooter
SECOND PLACE HIGGINS (MAGNUM P.I.) LOOK A LIKE CONTEST
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Icon 1 posted January 10, 2019 09:41 AM      Profile for 4949shooter   Email 4949shooter         Edit/Delete Post 
We do have plenty of bear here. I worked the bear hunt protests this year. These protesters get all worked up. You might see my ugly mug in some of the video.

https://www.njherald.com/20181009/bear-hunt-off-to-slow-start-four-protesters-arrested#

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Lonny
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Icon 1 posted January 10, 2019 05:34 PM      Profile for Lonny           Edit/Delete Post 
I knew they weren't a true hibernator like say a ground squirrel, but basically sit the winter out in kind of a deep sleep/torpor due to lack of food.

From what I've heard, if they find a good food source they will stay active in winter weather until its gone.

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