As I continued off-trail I heard the sound of a critter going through brush behind me. My first thought was that it was one of those roaming range cows. But no, it was a large black bear. Actually quite a beautiful beast with its thick coat of jet-black fur. He was about about 20 yds away and stopped to stare at me. When I raised my camera he took off and I was only able to capture this image of him through the trees.