dpc, the photos are great, and the one of the young cub on its hindquarters sniffing the air is too cute for words.
I have never seen bears in the wild, but as they (black bears) have been reintroduced to Arkansas and are starting to show up regularly in Southern Missouri, I have for the first time actually gotten a bear keg..............because what are we photographers doing around the end of the day? Golden and blue hours! Finding the "right" tree or tree pair and doing the PCT bag hang in the pitch dark is not my idea of fun. Rangers are now recommending bear precautions for the first time in our state MO.