I did a hike this weekend from Unicoi Gap to Tray mountain. About half a mile up rocky mountain I sat down to take a break next to a creek there. All of a sudden I see a bear cub at the base of the creek looking at me and then to the north then back at me.
Then out of the blue I hear what sounds like a bulldozer coming up the bank of the creek just north of where I was only to see a huge, I mean huge momma bear. She stopped right at the trail and was looking right at me.
I got up grabbed my pack in one hand and turned around and started walking the other direction south on the trail. I waited around the bend for about 15 minutes and I could hear them walking in the woods to my right (Creek was to my left). After it was clear I went on making noises talking to myself and whistling singing, anything I could to let them know I was coming.
I didnít see them again; however I came up on 2 more bears during the entire 10 mile round trip hike.
Did I do the right thing when I encountered the Momma bear and her cub?
The other bears I encountered didnít bother me, they were males and took off running as I came near, and honestly I heard them first then saw their butts running.
I was pretty freaked out with the cub and momma though, so freaked I nearly turned around and ended my trip. They were in the back of my mind the rest of the hike.
They officially spooked me; I will consider hiking with a partner from now onÖ
Any suggestions when encountering a bear?