# How can you tell the size of a black bear?

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The squared measurement of the hide is a second way to judge bears. Measure the width and length, divide by two and you get the squared size of the bear. Black bears squaring 5-6 feet are about average. A bear over 6 feet is excellent.

## Can you tell the size of a bear by its paw print?

Compare the length and width measurements. If the length and width are similar, it is likely a footprint from a bear’s front paw. If the print is longer than it is wide, it is more likely a back paw print.

## How can you tell how big a bear is by its track?

To use this method, simply measure the length of the front paw pad of a fresh bear track. Next, add 1 and ½ inches for brown/grizzly bears and 2 inches for black bears, and the total is a good estimate of a bears size in squared feet.

## How do you measure a bear?

To square the bear, measure tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. Write that number down. Then measure from the tip of the left front paw, across the back to the tip of the opposing right paw. Add the first measurement (nose to tail) to the 2nd measurement (paw to paw).

## How do you estimate the weight of a black bear?

A chest girth of 30 inches equals 108 lbs., 40 inches equals 225 lbs., 50 inches equals 385 lbs., and 60 inches equals 588 live weight. By using a rope or sting to determine the chest girth measurement of a black bear, it is possible to take most of the guesswork out of determining the weight of a PA black bear.

## Who would win grizzly or gorilla?

A grizzly beats a silverback 10 times out of 10. The average silverback weighs around 350 pounds and stands at 5-and-a-half feet tall. Their long arms give them the reach advantage on a grizzly, but that’s about it.

## Do black bears stay in the same area?

Bears that are attracted to human-associated food sources may be more vulnerable to being hit by a car, and may lose their fear of people. Once a bear finds a food source in a neighborhood, they will revisit that same location over and over again and will also start to search for similar food sources in other areas.