Riding in Tabby Mountain Wildlife Management Area, we were surprised to see bear tracks.
Bear tracks, rear paws
Bear tracks, front paw
From the size, this was a mature black bear, maybe 5-6 feet long.
Bear trail on left side of photo
The bear followed the same sandy road we traveled. The line of tracks is on the left side of the photo.
Boss on high alert
Boss hates bears. When he gets the scent in his nose, he gets hyper alert and nervous. In this photo, he was testing the air, but he only got really nervous later, when we must have passed close to the bear. When Boss smells bear up close, he inhales, then blows out in a loud snort. Only bear or sheep get this reaction from him. Don't ask me why sheep fall into the same category as bear in his mind. Fortunately, we did not actually see the bear. I'm afraid Boss would have done a 180 and left me in the dirt!
On the way home, the sky darkened with storm clouds. We managed to reach the trailer before more than a few raindrops fell.