Tracking a bear.

While out tracking I heard a snowmobile drive up and down the park road. A short time later I came across some very fresh black bear tracks. The machine had apparently frightened the animals and got them moving even though it was midday.

Above and below are rear tracks of the bear. Note the explosion of snow in front of the track above caused by the speed of the animal.

A front track, about 5 inches wide.

The bear and two dear used the same get away trail to escape the snow machines. All were moving at great speed. The bear sometimes moved through brush so thick I could barely walk yet it was running in a gallop.

Another demonstration of the speed at which the bear was moving.

Later I stopped to rest and heard the bear crash through the brush not to far from me. I tracked it and found it had doubled back on itself and must have heard me coming up to meet him or her. I had thought it long gone. In Connecticut we don’t see a lot of bears so it was a thrill to me to be in the woods with one.

Andy

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5 thoughts on “Tracking a bear.

  1. Andy, What great pictures! You lucky bastard. What an awesome experience. That’s what happens when you put in the dirt time.Mal

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  2. Great pictures!I hate bushwacking so I’m not a good tracker, but I love it when I come across tracks.My best hiking find is one & half sets of intact moose antlers while backpacking in NH about 5 years ago. I could only pack one out. I know what you mean about not being able to get thru brush that these animals contend with daily. I got stuck in at least 2 trees due to the antler poking out the sides of my pack.Let me know if you want to learn more about making felt. Or you could talk with Ginger at In Sheeps Clothing. Her yarn/fiber arts studio/store is above Ida’s bridal in Torrington. She is open Wed thru Sat.Jenna

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