Jake's Black Bear Summary
In 2005, I took a Wood Bison in Alberta. The next day, I hunted for black bear in a tree stand that had a bait barrel within bow range of it, but it also happened to be in close proximity to the carcass of the bison. I had a nice bear cruise through to check on the bait, but once he caught wind of the bison carcass, he passed the barrel and started to head towards the carcass. I took him at 14 yards. He ran about 30 yards, and was dead within 10-15 seconds. The death moan sent a chill up my spine. I later learned that the animal is probably dead when the sound is made, and the noise is actually air being expelled from the lungs as the diaphragm tightens due to rigor mortis. I will default to veterinarians and doctors as to whether that is true or not. What I do know, is that black bear tasted pretty darned good when it is prepared in a crock pot,..... mine tasted like pulled pork!!