Nothing like a close bear encounter to make you rethink what you're packing and how your camp is set up, and how you travel in the woods. Admittedly I had a quick cry from the stress of being huffed at close range, back at camp...

Black Bear Closeup

Nothing like a close bear encounter to make you rethink what you're packing and how your camp is set up, and how you travel in the woods. Admittedly I had a quick cry from the stress of being huffed at close range, back at camp...

American Black Bear, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada; photo by Brandon Smith

American Black Bear

American Black Bear, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada; photo by Brandon Smith

Black Bear Infographic - "All You Need to Know About Black Bears" - Learn about black bear habitats, diets and what to do if you encounter one.

All You Need to Know About Black Bears

Black Bear Infographic - "All You Need to Know About Black Bears" - Learn about black bear habitats, diets and what to do if you encounter one.

Black Bear. (If you encounter a black bear, appear large, hold your ground and punch it hard in the nose. It will retreat.)

Black Bear. (If you encounter a black bear, appear large, hold your ground and punch it hard in the nose. It will retreat.)

Grizzly vs Black Bear identification guide.  www.gunbid.co.uk

Grizzly vs Black Bear identification guide. www.gunbid.co.uk

This is a story from early this spring. Not to worry I'm shooting with a 800mm lens. This cub refused to come down out of this tree after she called for it several times. Then she grabed the branch and sternly repeated her request. The cub quickly came down with mom's help!

This is a story from early this spring. Not to worry I'm shooting with a 800mm lens. This cub refused to come down out of this tree after she called for it several times. Then she grabed the branch and sternly repeated her request. The cub quickly came down with mom's help!

Black bear Chimera that helps defend the Cold Mountain Freehold                                                                                                                                                     More

Black bear Chimera that helps defend the Cold Mountain Freehold More

Adorable Lucky the Black Bear.    North American Bear Center...He picked a pretty sunflower!!!

Adorable Lucky the Black Bear. North American Bear Center...He picked a pretty sunflower!!!

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