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Facial Profile - Bear Identification Program

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 


A side view of a grizzly bear typically shows a concave or dish-shaped profile between the eyes and the end of its nose.

A side view of a black bear normally has a long, fairly straight profile from forehead to the tip of the nose.

Caution: Don't use the facial profile alone as a way to tell two bears apart. Male black bears may appear to have a square, broad face. Young female grizzly bears, especially in the spring, may appear to have a narrow face.

In general, when viewed straight on, the face of a grizzly bear appears dished and broad. The face and forehead of a black bear in the same view appears straight and narrow.
Last Updated: February 13, 2012 
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