A big worried mama bear looking for her 2 cubs... Taken at 200mm, she was at about 20 to 25 feet of me. When she poped out of the woods running, at first I was a bit afraid..then she stopped and we had eye contact. All I could see in her eyes is how worried she was..no aggressivity at all. So my fear went away instantly and was replaced by compassion for this wonderful animal full of love for her babies. When we had eye contact, she also saw that I was not a threat, and moved on find her cubs. I think there was an exchange at this point..exchange of feelings or thoughts, not sure how to describe it but it was strong and clear, as if she had spoken. They are much less aggressive and much more intelligent than people think. They are not a savage beast that will eat anything including humans as some ignorant people may think and take that false pretexte to kill them.
Look in her eyes..what you see here is nothing but a worried mother with a gentle temperament, not a vicious dangerous animal. I much prefer to have a photograph to remind me of this event than to have a bear carcases displayed in my livingroom...DEAD.