On safari, it’s safest to stay in the vehicle. Yesterday, I witnessed one man learn that lesson the frightening way. I spotted a black bear on the right hand side of the road and pulled over to shoot it (with my lens, of course!) through my open car window. An RV coming from the other direction pulled over on the other side of the road and the driver got out, walked across the highway and proceeded to photograph the bear from right in front of my car.
The bear, digging for roots less than 20 feet away, looked up and scowled at the man, who kept shooting, oblivious, and just as I said, “hey you better get back” the bear charged! It was just a bluff charge and the man was able to scramble back to his RV, but he may have had to change his pants…
Once again, Canadian wildlife was out in force along the roadway! I lost count of black bears around 17 – still no Grizz sightings – saw two herds of buffalo and several lone bulls, two male stone sheep, three more moose, five caribou, and a few horses, all from the (relative) safety of the Raven. What a drive!
Also check out my previous highway safari post for lots more Canadian wildlife photos!