Many areas do not require the salvage of bear meat...big mistake! It can be some of the most delectable game meat you'll taste. Old bears, or bears that feed heavily on fish can be an exception.
Still, if you find a good meat processor who knows how to make brats and cased sausage or pepperoni, you can enjoy any bear you shoot. I've had women that wouldn't eat a moose steak hound me (no pun intended...) for bear sausages and brats. Younger bears taken in fall berry patches can provide great roasts, and bakers say that some of the best pie crusts are made using fat rendered from black bears...light and flakey....yum!