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Color - Bear Identification Program

Sunday, March 26, 2017 


Grizzly Bear

Black Bear

Black Bear

Like size, color is not a good indicator of the type of bear.

The "black bear" can come in many shades, from nearly blond, to cinnamon, to black. A female can even have a litter with several different colored cubs.

The term "grizzly" bear comes from the lighter colored tips of the hair, giving the bear a grizzled or silvertip look. This "look" can be used in addition to other features to help identify a bear, but grizzly bears can be anywhere from a light tan to a very dark, almost black color.

Do not use color alone to determine the type of bear you are looking at.
Last Updated: February 16, 2012 
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