Scientists have worked out the size of this creature at the location of where the photo's were originally taken. They found it has a 22 inch left arm and an 18 3/4 long torso. (ref. ISSN# 1442-2212 2008 page 17) This alone proves that it was not a bear.
Deer and bear filmed earlier that day, before the creature, had disappeared half an hour before its arrival and never returned. This was peculiar when bait was left behind. The animals normally would have returned to fatten up for the upcoming winter months. What were the other animals in the area so nervous about? What happened off camera?