I've never taken a black bear, but I was scouting this past weekend in Eastern WA and saw a beautiful black bear that may have been a juvenile, maybe an adult. I was about 150-200 meters away, but I got a good view of it running, stopping broadside to watch me for a minute and then running off. On all fours, looked like it was about croach high, length about 4 1/2 feet, and I have no idea its weight, but guessing.....at least 200-250.
What's a normal size bear? Is this a juvenile, or just a small bear? How can I tell if the bear is an adult? Coloring? Gate? There were no other bears around, so I assumed it was an adult. I let it go because I was unsure if it was too small, and I sure didn't want to shoot anything and walk up and realize I had "buck fever" turned bear fever.