A question of Dave Garshelis

Hello BSG,

Here’s an odd request: I’m wondering if anyone is good at bear skull identification?

A museum asked me to identify photos of some bear skulls, to species, and possibly “subspecies”, sex, and age category. The skulls have no location information, so they could be from anywhere, apparently. There are multiple photos of each (skull, upper and lower teeth – although some teeth may be missing). Examples attached.

We could form a small group of people with some expertise in this, or maybe you know of another person willing to have a look. Does anyone have a key to bear skulls and dentition?

Please respond directly to : dave.garshelis@state.mn.us



Bear Scull ID