"BWCA Brown-Phase Black Bear"
We enjoyed a peaceful encounter with this adult brown-phase black bear (Ursus americanus) during our border lakes adventure. It was a harsh summer day in the mid-90s. He had just foraged his way to the top of the hill, enjoying the abundance of blueberries along the way. He was likeely in hyperphagia, preparing for hibernation.
The North American Bear Center estimates that about 5% of black bears in Minnesota are brown in color.