|Barked: Fri Jun 7, '13 8:14pm PST |
|Where I am, we have Blacks, but there are grizzly further north. The most encounters I've had were in my last house..on Vancouver Island. We had a flood one year that resulted in a ton of dead salmon on the river banks. The bears loved it & it wasn't unusual to see them almost daily.
We also had cougars..now they scare me! Silent, predatory killers. The only time I think we met one, Wiley was totally different. He sat down in the path & refused to follow me. No barking, but his hackles were up & there was no way he was moving, so I went back to him. He was air sniffing & staring into the woods. I quickly leashed Squ'mey (puppy at that time), grabbed a big stick, grabbed a quick handful of dirt & rocks & we reversed our way. Wiley kept doing a semi-circle behind us in about a 20 foot radius...not barking, but super intense, & he never went out in front of us. I was totally freaked. I never saw anything, but heard a few twigs crack. Whatever it was, it was definitely stalking us. I was so relieved when we got to the Jeep, I was shaking. A few days later I saw a cougar about 2 miles from where we had been (I was driving this time )