Species Identification Confidence:
I'm absolutely certain
The bear that was sighted was a sow and at least one cub, their is a possibility that their may have been a second one, but cannot make that determination for sure. The Sow was approximately 275 to 300 pounds, her cub that was observed with her was estimated to be a 2 year old cub, the cub was around 175 pounds. We were hunting for Black bears, and had come back to camp early due to rain, we had cooked food, and started a fire. The bears were first observed approximately 100 yards from camp walking down the main road feeding. Once the bears got within about 30-40 yards of camp I yelled at them to let them know of our presence. Upon making contact with them the sow proceeded into our camp area to within about 50 feet of our fire, truck and tent. I yelled at her several times and she showed little fear of us as humans. This is very contradictory behavior compared to the 10-12 grizzly encounters I have had over the last 20 years. The sow postured but did not whoof, or make any audible sounds, she just somewhat crouched with her head and ears up in not an overly aggressive manner. I felt she had planned on entering our camp until she was confronted with our human presence, It seemed like she had possibly done this before and may have had other human contact which lessened her fear of humans. When she was finally spooked from camp by using loud noise she ran in a northern direction up Bugle creek in a Northern direction. The Sow was very recognizable, she had the classic grizzly look, dark chocolate legs and head, but in low light seemed to have a lot of yellow on her back and was a little lighter in color than her cub. The cub was very large, I was suprised to see such a large cub with a sow, the cub looked very much like several sub-adult grizzlies that I have observed.
Decimal Degrees: 48.8,-116.8
Sow and cub were observed in Bugle creek above Priest Lake. The Sow and Cub were observed walking down main drainage road and then attempted to enter camping area. The sow showed very little fear of the human contact and the fire that was going in the camp, she approached within approximately 50 feet. When the Sow and cub were initially observed they were feeding on grass and other vegetation and they progressed down the road.
Game Management Unit:
May 30, 2012, 3:00 am MDT
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