The following pic was taken on Sept 16, 2007 in the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania, USA. This forest is Pennsylvania’s only National Forest and is composed of about 517K acres. A hunter in that forest claimed he caught this pic of a “shy beast” using an automatically triggered game camera in a tree. The state’s Game Commission declared that the pic is of a young bear with a severe case of mange. What is odd about this “young bear with severe mange” is its long legs, however.
When I first saw this pic it reminded me of something but I couldn’t recall at the time until now. Take a look at the depiction below. It is a depiction of a prehistoric short faced bear which is supposed to have gone extinct during the Pleistocene epoch (1.8 mya to 11 kya). It was most common in North America at the time and was most abundant in California. There were two species of this prehistoric bear and they were Arctodus pristinus and Arctodus simus which was the larger of the two. In fact, A. simus is considered as one of the largest carnivores that ever existed. Global cooling is believed to have been the greatest contributor to their extinction, specifically, the Younger Dryas period which began around 10.9 kya. This prehistoric bear weighed about 900 kg with the largest specimens weighing in at over 2000 pounds! When fully grown it stood about 8 to 10 feet tall on its hind legs with some standing near 12 feet tall on their hind legs! They averaged a shoulder height of about 5-6 feet which is as tall as the average man today.
So here’s my point. There are numerous reliable reports from around the world of sightings of prehistoric creatures that are supposed to be extinct but, apparently, are not. Could it be that a breeding population of short faced bears still exists in PA? Compare the two photos and tell me what you think but to me the photo looks close enough to the recreation depiction of an ancient and very large bear with long limbs that is supposed to be extinct.
I don’t think this is a modern bear with mange NOR a young Bigfoot because frankly it looks very much like the prehistoric short faced bear!!