Montana Outdoors

February 24, 2021

We humans are not always the spectators…

Filed under: Animals — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:47 pm

Bear

this young bear found a perfect viewpoint in the middle of a brushy mountainside from which to watch some hikers several hundred yards below on the trail to Cliff Lake in the Great Burn area of western Montana. (Late September, 2020)

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  1. That is a spectacular photo of that bear on his lookout!

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    Comment by Lavinia Ross — February 24, 2021 @ 9:55 pm

    • I like the photo too, although the quality of the photo itself is not so good. It is an example of trying for a picture even though your equipment for it is inadequate. In this case the range was about 400 yards and the camera I had was just a small point & shoot that I carry on my pack strap when I don’t want to haul the big one with me. It turned out better than I hoped!

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      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2021 @ 10:04 pm

  2. Aww.. I think it’s great.. I sure appreciate your photos..

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    Comment by Mother Hen — February 24, 2021 @ 11:36 pm

  3. Or was he watching YOU?

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — February 25, 2021 @ 12:13 am

  4. Wonderful sighting and capture! I like his view point. 🙂

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — February 25, 2021 @ 5:25 pm

    • Yes, I think were I up where he was I would also sit there for a spell. Next time I take that trail I’ll be sure to check the same spot.

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      Comment by montucky — February 25, 2021 @ 5:47 pm

  5. Perusing the menu, is he?

    What a lovely shot of the bear in its natural surroundings – a scene to treasure!

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — February 25, 2021 @ 8:30 pm

    • Besides having a marvelous sense of humor, a wild Black Bear has an immense amount of curiosity, which sometimes gets him into trouble. This one was content to sit and watch and wonder instead of coming closer to investigate, mostly because there was no good cover for him between us.

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      Comment by montucky — February 25, 2021 @ 8:37 pm

      • Perhaps he’s already learned that humans are not good news and its best to keep your eye on them while keeping a safe distance

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        Comment by de Wets Wild — February 25, 2021 @ 8:46 pm

  6. Beautiful animal! So glad to see you back!!!!

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    Comment by Candace — February 25, 2021 @ 10:41 pm

  7. He certainly is paying attention – perfect for you to get that shot.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — February 27, 2021 @ 2:40 pm

    • He was far enough away so he knew he was safe to just watch and see what we were going to do. After awhile he just ambled off.

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      Comment by montucky — February 27, 2021 @ 9:15 pm

  8. Sometimes a less than technically perfect photo is better than no photo at all! This one is a gem, and brought a big smile. The composition is perfect, and the bear really stands out against those colors. What a sight! Reports have been coming in of increased black bear sightings in Texas. This short Texas Monthly article has some interesting details.

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    Comment by shoreacres — February 27, 2021 @ 10:01 pm

    • It’s so typically “bear”. He knew that at that distance he was safe and so tried to get the very best view of us. Had he been closer, he would have been peeking out from around a corner of that rock outcrop.

      That story was interesting. Thanks for sending it. There is good and bad news there. Good to see that maybe some bears can return to the area, but bad if they get too close to populated areas because there they will invariably either get into trouble or be harmed by the normal activities of people, certainly on the highways.

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      Comment by montucky — February 27, 2021 @ 10:29 pm

  9. What a great shot .. ! Wonder if he knows he is the star of the show 🙂

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — March 5, 2021 @ 2:11 am

    • A bear doesn’t have the greatest vision, and he probably thinks that we don’t either, so I’m sure he thought he was not visible.

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      Comment by montucky — March 6, 2021 @ 9:00 pm

      • I didn’t know that they don’t have great vision .. I do know that if I saw one, I’d be off! Mind you, we don’t have bears in NZ .. 🙂

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        Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — March 6, 2021 @ 9:10 pm

        • We have two species here, the Black Bear and the Grizzly Bear and they are not at all alike. The Black Bear is good natured, seldom a problem and fairly plentiful. The Grizzly is much less plentiful and often can be a big problem (their scientific name is “Ursus arctos horribilis”, and for good reason).

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          Comment by montucky — March 6, 2021 @ 9:21 pm


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