I am collecting information on bear foot size , compared to actual weight of the bear. If possible , measure front and rear pads, side-to-side, and front-to-rear. Nose to tail and skull measurements would be great to record also. Good luck!
Female foot growth seems to stop at a certain point regardless of body size, unlike males. An interesting thing about black bear , the skin on their feet peels off during hibernation, leaving fresh pad skin for Spring.
If you want to properly preserve velvet antlers, you will have to inject & brush them with formaldehyde or some of the new less toxic chemicals (4 in 1 solution works great as does Knobloch's antler in velvet tan) as its easier to use however, both will work.
First, using rubber gloves take a razor blade and make small incisions at the tips of all points about 1/8". Next hang the antlers upside down, allowing the blood to drain. Starting at the bases inject the solution into the...