Wild Wednesday … The Burr Bear

Mary and I were driving into camp last summer and were approaching a little creek. As we rounded a bend in the road, this bear burst out of the blackberry bushes. It ran across the road in front of us and stopped in the blackberries about 30 feet away. I stopped the truck. It stared at us and we stared back. It appeared to be a young bear. It stayed there for a good 3 or 4 minutes while we took pictures. This bear was covered in burrs. unfortunately, that comes with this territory. black bear, bear, wildlife, photographyWild black bears usually run, but this one didn’t. Maybe, being a young bear it was curious. We’ve seen that before, “Curious Young Bear.”  We also suspected that it might be a sow and she had a cub that was still below the road. Perhaps, she wasn’t leaving her baby.

black bear, bear, wildlife, photographyMaybe, it was hoping we might stay and pick all those burrs out of it’s fur. After a few minutes of staring at each other, it ambled up the draw in search of a fresh patch of blackberries.

36 thoughts on “Wild Wednesday … The Burr Bear

  1. What a delight. Sorry about the burrs, but it does go with the territory. I worked at a microwave station in the Sequoia forest and I encountered one of these amazing creatures on the trail. I paused, the bear kept eating berries, and I walked on down the path. It was such a unique moment for me.

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