Reader Evan Effa, from British Columbia, just had an encounter of the bear kind, and sent this account and these photos:
My wife & I have been camping at Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies. We were given a nice spot on the edge of an area that had been closed to campers as the elk were calving in the relative safety of the campground area.
Quite suddenly, another visitor was right there on our doorstep. He didn’t hang around for long but was kind enough to smile for my camera. He (she?) was quick to move off when a number of the other campers came out to pursue him with their point-and-shoots.
Apparently the grizzlies like to take out the odd calf if they can get one. This one left without much success.
The elk herd became quite restless & agitated with the grizzly there & seemed to have a few of their number actively following the bear to keep an eye on it. They prudently kept their distance which is more than I can say for a few of the other campers. About 20 minutes later, the rangers were out encouraging the bear to move on with a few bear bangers etc. This appeared to be quite a young grizzly & it would be a shame if he got too habituated to human contact.”
(BTW The grizzly shot was taken at a respectable distance from our trailer door with a 100-400 mm lens @ 330 mm on a Canon 1DsIII.)