South of Ucluelet, Vancouver Island

August 1, 2017

I was 15 minutes behind the bears for two weeks.

A mother grizzly and her two cubs had walked through our campsite shortly before we got there. They had slept about 50 yards from our tent, and I definitely walked past them during the night. A black bear had been napping on the beach just as we were getting ready to hike along the trail. I left Alberta feeling a little robbed of a bear encounter.

And then this bold young black bear walked right out of the woods in front of our car.

(Not featured is my sister and I both shouting “It’s a bear! Bear! Issa bear! Oh my god! Oh my god! Bear!”)

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