November’s grizzlies have one thing on their mind: food. They’re on a mission, and I am not interested in getting in their way.
The griz we saw a couple of weeks ago was definitely on a mission. He was truckin’ through a meadow, about 30 feet from the road when we saw him.
As we pulled over, I was shocked when a young guy came running past us with his phone in his hand: he was chasing the bear!
As we watched, he actually went down the slope to get closer to the bear as it came around the trees. He was only about 15 feet from a big grizzly. What the heck?
The bear ignored him. But still.
And he wasn’t the only one. Another guy was out of his car, angling for a good shot. He had a longer lens, so he couldn’t get too close and get a picture. But he stayed put when the bear detoured around the phone guy and came up to the road.
What kind of photo could he have gotten? A close-up of his fur?
We drove ahead, and pulled off again, waiting to see where the bear would re-appear. I stayed near my open door, and was back in the pickup the minute he appeared in the woods. What would I do if a bear appeared this close to me while I was hiking? I wouldn’t be taking a picture, that’s for sure!