This is a question about the sometimes very confusing wording (or maybe "numbering" ?) of bestiary entries.
Preparing a Pathfinder campaign with friends, checking stats for animals that could potentially be useful to my character (Handle Animal is among the skills I spend most skill ranks in).
It is quite an understatement to say that the wording confuses me.
Example with the Black Bear :
Str 17, Dex 17, Con 15, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 6
Base Atk +3; CMB +7 (+11 grapple); CMD 19 (23 vs. trip)
Feats Endurance, Run, Skill Focus (Survival)
Skills Perception +6, Survival +5, Swim +12; Racial Modifiers +4 Swim
Now let's look at the "Skills" part :
What exactly is taken into account in "Perception +6", "Survival +5" and "Swim +12"? Are these skill ranks, or the sum of skill ranks and other modifiers (from feats, class skill bonuses, race or abilities) ?
Do any of these numbers count against the limit of extra skill ranks gained by Animal Companions ?