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Bear ID - Facial Profile

A grizzly typically has a concave or dish-shaped profile that extends from between its eyes to the end of its nose. A black bear normally has a long, fairly straight profile from forehead to nose tip. The dished-face profile of the grizzly makes the face appear broader (when seen full front) than that of the black bear; the face and forehead of the black bear appears more round.

Grizzly bear—dish-shaped facial profile

Grizzly Bear—Dish-shaped facial profile

Bear photo.

Black Bear—Straight facial profile