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Just a question about the color phases- In MN do some bears change from cinamon to black or do they stay cinamon all their lives- is this even possible- I ask because my guide said that he has a 400# cinamon in the area and just wanted to know if he stays that color all year or he is that color now and will be black come september. Thanks

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Fish,

Born cinnamon always cinnamon, same with black, chocolate and other other variations.

WD

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cinnamon are rare in MN and so are 400# wild bears, hope your outfitter is not full of BS.

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Only Fisherman lie NOT hunters. laugh.gif

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cinnamon are rare in MN and so are 400# wild bears, hope your outfitter is not full of BS.


About 6% of the Minnesota bear harvest is made up of brown colored bears (based on hunter surveys). I don't have any weight data but about 5% of the harvest is made up of 10+ year old males. So, the odds of shooting a cinammon that is also over 10 years old is about 0.3%. Pretty long indeed ...

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Since you're asking about color phase bears, here's a big cinnamon I shot about 10 years ago. Not in Minnesota, it was in Saskatchewan. The outfitter was estimating 500 lbs (of course) but it was never weighed.

Hope you enjoy the pics, and good luck this fall.

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Nice color on that bear.

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Very, Very nice bear- I will not be able to sleep now till I get out into the woods and start hunting- Thanks!!!

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