The Black Bear (Ursus Americanus) shares the Manitoba forests along with the Sasquatch. Their range of
distribution correlates with that of the Sasquatch. In many cases Sasquatch prints are mistaken for Black Bear tracks, and vice versa. Misidentifications
account for a good percentage of track discoveries. To help eliminate any mistakes in the field I will explain the differences. This will make you a better field
researcher, if you are lacking knowlege in this area.
Below are two illustrations of tracks. The Black Bear is on the left and the Sasquatch is on the right.
The differences are quite plain to see. The dimensions of each set of tracks and The stride stands out, and the
Black Bear has left claw marks, whereas the sasquatch has not. Sometimes a Black Bear track will appear larger than normal. This occurs when the animal steps
into it's front paw track with the rear paw. Having spent hundreds of hours in the bush, I have seen this first hand. The claw marks will still be visible, despite this.
The depth of the track will also be uneven, as the front paws will push deeper. There is more weight on the front paws and they are smaller than the rear paws.
Less surface area results in a deeper impresion.
There are features which are a little more subtle. The Black Bear hind paw tapers down to almost a point. The impression left will have a concave shape to it. Dermal ridges (better known as finger prints) run diagonal, except for the toes. The ridges on the toes tend to run more horizontally.
A Sasquatch track shows the rear of the foot being wider and rounded. The ball of the foot is split, which is not visible in a bear track. This becomes visible if one makes a set of stereo pictures, with the required 30-60% overlaps. Placed under stereo glasses all three dimensional features stand out. Last, but not least, is the direction of the dermal ridges. They will run vertically along the sides of the foot. This is not normally seen in the track, but in a casting of one.
As for visual encounters it usually becomes quite clear what one is observing when the animal turns and faces you. A Black Bear will flee on all fours.
You all have hopefully seen the Sasquatch video footages in the site. You can compare that video to this video of the Black Bear. Click on video clips then PSA announcement.
Hinterland Who's Who Black Bear clip