While exploring a new forest area I came across the sun-bleached skull and bones of a black bear.  Seems that the voracious appetite of beetles cleaned up the flesh saving me the challenge of using a toothbrush to scrub it clean.  After spraying it down with hydrogen peroxide to rid it of any germs and help continue the whitening process it should make for a nice display piece.

Black Bear Skull

Black Bear Skeleton

Update 8/4/14 – When I found the skeleton above it was missing a lower jaw bone. Walking in another area about 20 miles away I found what I quickly assumed was the lower jaw bone of a bear but thankfully Steve Kirk from the Bushcraft Magazine corrected me in the comments to say it was from a pig.

Black Bear Jaw Bone

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