Bear’s blaze


A visiting Black Bear bears a blaze (a white V) on its chest. Fans of redundancy are wont to call this feature a white blaze.

Some websites that discuss the blaze claim that it is a common characteristic of Black Bears; others say that it is rare. Possibly the occurrence of a blaze varies from one region to another; possibly some websites are just poorly researched and edited (imagine that!).

What I can say is that around here, a blaze is rare. Indeed, the last time I photographed a bear’s blaze was a decade ago. 

It is a rare bear that bears a blaze.

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4 Responses to Bear’s blaze

  1. Grace says:

    What a rare beauty!

  2. Carlo says:

    As usual Alistair, you’ve presented us the bare facts.

  3. Interesting that your bears rarely have a chest blaze, here in northcentral PA blazes are common on black bears.

  4. Wendy says:

    Hm I see this bear bears a white mustache as well — a rare bear indeed 😉

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