Black Bears at Shenandoah National Park

Note: This is an old post, just doing some maintenance. Please ignore if you have already looked at it.

I was minding my own business going down a Shenandoah road where I came upon a cub. I backed off a bit knowing that mamma had to be around somewhere, sure enough here she comes.
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Things were going well, I keep my distance but I have to get my pics. Mamma crosses the street.Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
I stay still hoping she doesn't notice me. Ugh oh, not so lucky!
I guess I didn't back off enough, mama bear is going to teach Cham a lesson. Charge!
Sorry folks, I simply can't keep the camera still with my right hand, defend myself with my poles with the left and run backwards all at the same time. Some of the pics are more than little fuzzy, but you get the drift. There is a certain point where you just have to drop the camera and run for your life, and I had reached that. I looked back after I ran some and 2 more cubs drop out of the trees, mama was defending 3 cubs.

Here is a picture of a large male that I saw later in the woods. He also wasn't very pleased with me and threw me a rather dirty look, I had to back off of him too. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
I ran into Binli and Michael on the trail, they are both looking good. They are becoming superhikers, they need backpacks. Here is the Slideshow:

3 comments:

yellojkt said...

Those are great pictures. I have never seen a bear in the wild. If I did, I don't know about the bear, but I would definitely be shitting in the woods, or at least my shorts.

You are much braver than me.

Cham said...

Sadly, I'm not brave, just clearly out of my mind. One day my luck will surely run out.

kirby said...

Holy Moly Batgirl!