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A reader sent in this shot.
He said the shot has been making the rounds at work and weight estimates vary. He invited Wild Lifers to put their estimates out there.
I have a guess, but I’ll let y’all take first crack at it.
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You are funny, Stephen. (And I think you’re pretty close.)
Depends on the circumstances. For this picture, I’ll say 135 lbs. If he walked directly under my stand or tried to climb up in my tree, he’s at least 250, maybe pushing 300!
Based on a trip to the vet yesterday that revealed that my Black and Tan is currently weighing in at 95 lbs……I’d say around 180 to 190 lbs for this bear. He looks to be about twice the size of our family pet.
And I’m in agreement with Dale…..they all look much bigger when they get within ten yards of you in the woods!
150 at the most.
Mark, call this guy that sent you the picture and ask him to get the bear to step on the bathroom scales for us….we all want to know who’s the closest! Is there a door prize if we’re right?
Young bear. He ain’t big around the middle and he ain’t broad across the rump. Put up the cat food and empty the bird feeder.
I weigh 300lbs.. He looks bigger than me.
So when do we find out what your own expert opinion is?
160…..but hey always look bigger when they re up close and personal
He is 180 to 200 by hunting season.
Big ears long legs maybe 100 lbs
He is headed for the woods. What will he do there?
I estimated him at about 140 to 150, but if he had to be dragged out of the woods far that number would go much higher…..
I’d say 115, and he has a beautiful coat..
Okay, folks, here’s “the rest of the story”. When he was standing upright to get at the apples at the top, his head was about 7′. Yes, he is a young bear, not yet filled out; likely a coming 4 year old. His mother and coming 2 year old sibling have been hanging around this summer too. He left a foot indention in a pile of decomposing leaves as he walked into the woods. About an hour after he left it, I stood next to it and put my foot about 8″ away from it. I stood on one foot for about 10 seconds and then moved my foot. My indention started to raise back up ever so slightly but it was still only about half the depth of the bear’s print. Taking into account that he was moving when he left his print and had his weight spread over his four feet and his print was still deeper than mine, it would appear that he is between 175 and 200 lbs. But what do I know?
“I stood next to it and put my foot about 8″ away from it. I stood on one foot for about 10 seconds and then moved my foot. My indention started to raise back up ever so slightly but it was still only about half the depth of the bear’s print. Taking into account that he was moving when he left his print and had his weight spread over his four feet and his print was still deeper than mine, it would appear that he is between 175 and 200 lbs.”
What the heck is this?!?!? Is this some sort of tortuous University of Alabama math/physics theorem? What would Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory think of your grasp of the situation? I am kidding June – not implying you are any way affiliated with The Tide. The arrival of college football, coupled with this bear weight conundrum has me reeling! Go Hokies!!!
Floyd Lawson…good one. I’m willing to bet he won’t use Charmin though.
I really like June’s approach. And I happen to think she is pretty close with the 175 figure. That’s what I’d go with. Based on the size of the ears relative to the head this appears to be a pretty young bear.
Now let me see if I can get DGIF bear guru Jaime Sajecki to weigh in. Get it? Weigh in?
I think he weighs 323
For those of you guessing anything over 110 lbs., what are you smoking?
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Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:06:31 +0000
While growing up in rural Southern Oregon, Mark Taylor
developed a passion for the outdoors while he and his younger brother tagged along with their father on fishing,
hunting and camping adventures.
Graduating from Northwestern University in 1988, Taylor spent four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy based
in Norfolk before moving into journalism.
After five years writing about the military for a Norfolk-based publishing company, he became the outdoors
editor at The Roanoke Times in 1998. He lives in Roanoke with his wife and twin daughters.