This dude was about 30 feet from Carrie and I in Rocky Mountain National Park this past weekend. I gave him the steely gaze of death and he slowly backed away. Or maybe it was the other way around.


Update: One of my dad’s colleagues has a brother who happens to be Christopher W. Ryan, Ph.D.., supervisor of game management services at the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, and he offered his analysis of the bear:

I think it is one heck (375-425lb) of a big male black (brown phase)
bear. It would have to be over 5 years old – If he was in WV I would
say at least a 6-7 year old if not older. I would say that with only one
picture and at that angle that I’m 95% sure of that guess.

About the Author

grant smith
Hi. I’m a freelance journalist and data specialist living in NJ/NYC. I like to play outside.

Be the first to comment on "Bear!"

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.