Took the wife out for a wheeler ride to take some pics and glass for critters.
We were stopped and had been glassing for a few minutes and found a caribou feeding about a mile away across a drainage. After a few minutes I spotted a wolf several hundred yards from the caribou and watched it while Christy prepped the camera for some "through the spotter" shots. The wolf disappeared in the brush and didn't emerge. After a few minutes Christy decided to give a good long, lonely wolf howl to see if it would stick it's head up for a photo session.
30 seconds or so later our Lab let out his alert bark and charged 10 yards behind us and started growling really aggressively. We spun around and started looking and saw a fairly large boar grizzly at 100 yards and closing in pretty determinedly. Of course we went pretty well bat(&*% and I yanked the .375 from the rifle scabbard.
Apparently we weren't what the bear expected to see making a wolf howl and he stopped and started pacing pretty aggressively trying to wind us...we were pretty much directly downwind of the bear so that wasn't working for him. Just as I got the rifle up I got to see his butt vanishing into the brush across the trail. 100yds on a leaving bear with an iron sighted rifle was just too far. When we went to the area of trail the bear crossed we easily found tracks....7" across the front pads. Pretty decent bear. Dark chocolate with a silver tipped hump. I had the rifle and she had the camera and we were both telling each other to shoot...neither of us did....dang.
Word to the wise though...probably pays to check your six. Dog won his promotion to "Head of Trail Security" and a pork chop. Pretty happy he was along and responded to the bear exactly like I wanted him to. Thinking he smelled the bear since we were strongly down wind. If he hadn't been along we'd have probably not seen the bear until he was way closer...maybe way too close since we were both pretty well engrossed in the spotter and camera and looking 180 degrees the wrong direction.
Pretty eventful evening...a bou, a wolf and a bear....all in 60 seconds. Man, I love this place.