I'm talking about bears and mountain lions today because on my last hike, there was a cougar patrolling my trail, which I noticed the fresh prints on my way down. I've only seen one in the wild once. Last summer, backpacking on my own in Glacier National Park, I catched up to one... And it was big!Africa-sized lion! But he was strolling like a Sunday afternoon, never heard me or turned around.. So I waited for it to gain distance, noticing the prints kept going on for a kilometer. Did I take a picture? To be honest, it never even crossed my mind one second. I had a Swiss knife(how useful..) my bear spray and the spike of my hiking pole in hand, ready to defend my delicate flesh if required. But it wasn't. The ranger thought I was lucky, she only saw it once in 12 years. Yeah, afterwards, I was amazed.
I like bears better though. An other ranger told me teens bear are like human teenagers. They don't know where they belong. This poor little cinnamon-bear teenager, obviously too lazy to walk in the forest, trying to run away from me without realizing tens of people are coming the other way, then wait for people to step out the trail so he can still run it down.. oh my my 😂 too cute!