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"BWCA Brown-Phase Black Bear"<br />
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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.<br />
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The North American Bear Center estimates that about 5% of black bears in Minnesota are brown in color.