Berry Eating Bear near Phelps Lake

My 10 year old son Evan spotted his first bear 10 feet off the trail near the Phelps Lake overlook on the way back from summitting Static Peak. His older brother had walked on by without noticing it a minute earlier. With Evan glued to my leg, I struggled to identify if this was a Black Bear, or a Grizzly. As you can see, it is a Black Bear. Thanks to hiking partner Dennis Goldsmith for taking this shot.


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kamil - Jan 26, 2008 4:51 pm - Voted 10/10


You're well jammy its mum wasn't around! :)


dhendy - Dec 16, 2010 3:22 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: jammy!

that is the same park bear that was rooting around in 2008, man they are lazy, I could not even get him or her to look up when going back from death canyon up to the top of the morraine. Park Bear totally.


dhendy - Dec 16, 2010 3:23 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: jammy!

It was in the same spot 10 feet off the trail then too. PARK BEAR!

Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - Dec 18, 2010 11:02 am - Hasn't voted

Re: jammy!

This picture was taken in August 2007 in Death Canyon, so it may be the same bear.


Marcsoltan - Dec 9, 2008 2:22 pm - Voted 10/10

Oh man!

Coming face to face with a bear. That's a scary thought for me. About a month ago I saw a mama bear and her cub running away
from us. Thank God for mama bear teaching her cub to run away from people.
Happy climbing,


Deltaoperator17 - Feb 3, 2009 3:14 pm - Hasn't voted

Come Here Bear

Bear, you need a hug, come here and let me share those berries with you...

Looks like in this photo it is a yearling. Still has a mama somewhere close by.... eck!

Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - Feb 4, 2009 8:49 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Come Here Bear

Thanks for the info on the Bear's age. I have no clue about how to age a bear. In my mind the bear is a lot bigger than it looks in this picture - its head sticking up above the bushes gave me quite a start.


Deltaoperator17 - Feb 4, 2009 10:12 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Come Here Bear

yearlings are not tiny...LOL

Tomek Lodowy

Tomek Lodowy - Nov 26, 2010 6:30 pm - Voted 10/10

nice youngster

and nice encounter ! :)

Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - Nov 29, 2010 5:24 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: nice youngster

I obviously need instruction in recognizing bear maturity levels. I could not have told you if he was a youngster or elderly.

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