It’s not unusual to come upon plumes of steam coming from the ground when you’re hiking in Yellowstone. You just walk around the vent, and keep on your way.
Sometimes though, the steam in front of you is not what you think.
If you’re starting a walk across a meadow on a cold fall morning with the sun glaring in your eyes, I have a bit of advice.
That little column of steam may be coming from something a little scarier than a hole in the ground.
Yep. You guessed it. It’s a bear. A grizzly bear.
The ravens hanging around him are a good hint that he’s got something to eat.
And we all know that a grizzly bear is kind of OK with the ravens hanging around, but he’s not so willing to share his breakfast with you and me.
Time to retreat.
We could see him just fine from the safety of the road.