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Bella Vista Hunter's Bear Makes Pope & Young Book

Posted: July 17, 2014 at 6 a.m.

The black bear that Chad Sharp of Bella Vista shot with his bow was so big it took a winch, a four-wheeler and a bunch of his buddies to muscle the 500-pound bruin on to a trailer.

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Arkansas Black Bears

The black bear is the smallest of three North American bear species. Adult females seldom reach 300 pounds, but males weighing over 700 pounds have been recorded.

Bears in Arkansas are heavier than most. Males usually exceed 400 pounds when they are seven years old.

Bears have poor eyesight, but have an extraordianry sense of smell. They’re one of Arkansas most intelligent mammals.

— Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

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