I happened to cross paths with a black bear quite by accident on a recent trip to
. It was quite sudden and totally unexpected on my
part as I had just left the trail head for one of the trails in Colorado . Apparently the bear noticed us first and had
already started moving away from my area. He quickly moved into a brushy area
and was gone from sight. I did manage to get a couple of quick pictures as the
bear moved away. Black Canyon
Black bears aren't normally aggressive and will leave your area quickly unless they are provoked, feel cornered or are protecting young. Fortunately, this bear was probably intent on his next meal of berries and only gave me a cursory glance before moving quickly out of the area. The bear went into a brushy area and disappeared from sight.
It’s a well known fact that
is bear country and you should always be aware of
this fact. A safe distance from predators such as bears, wolves, and cougars is
normally about 100 yards (think the length of a football field). Any closer and
you may be putting yourself at risk of a serious situation. You can normally
approach other wildlife to within about 25 yards without any real concern. Most
animals usually won’t allow you to get even that close. The exception is snakes
who can normally strike from a distance equal to their length. Colorado
There is an excellent brochure in PDF format available at Colorado.gov that contains a lot of useful tips to help take adequate precautions when in bear country.
Here is a link to the brochure:
Staying above the water line!