Yep, that exclamation can cause a range of emotions in humans. Bears are big, fast, scary, edible, prized trophies, and complicated. When a photographer shows up in bear territory it also makes for some contemplation in bears - especially when spring bear hunting season is still open.
So let's see what this particular bear is thinking...
"M-m-m! Photographer for lunch again!"
"Armed with a Canon. No problem."
"I'll practice my catlike stealth."
"That's plenty of that. Time to close in."
"Uh-oh, now I remember. The last photographer I ate gave me indigestion bad. All those additives and preservatives made me see spots. And I got a memory card stuck in my teeth."
"You're off the hook this time, Photographer. Let this be a lesson to you."
Relieved to be intact,
More wildlife stories, both serious and not: Alaskan Critters Menu
After several people wrote in with concerns I feel that I should add a little P.S. on this post. It’s a story. (The “M-m-m, Photographer for lunch again!” line is supposed to set it up as somewhat silly.) While bears can be dangerous, this one never acted in a threatening way. I interrupted the bear’s backscratch-on-a-tree session. Despite that rude behavior on my part, the bear was polite, curious, and cautious. I was using a long lens, but the bear was concerned, so I was in it’s space - a mistake on my part.
A page on my other website about bear safety:
And thanks for the fun comments!! Keep ‘em coming!