Sequoia National Park – Close Encounter of the Bear Kind


If you go down to the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today
You’d better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

I recently took a wander in the woods and I certainly got a big surprise! I was on the Big Trees Trail in Sequoia National Park in California when I had a very close encounter of the bear kind!

Black Bear cub Sequoia National Park
This young Black Bear (don’t be fooled by the colour) suddenly appeared right next to me on the trail!
Black Bear cub Sequoia National Park
The blue tag is a numbering system to keep track of the animals in the national park and the wire is a tracking device attached to the bears other ear

As I was walking along a trail this adorable bear cub suddenly appeared literally right next to me! Despite the brown colour it’s a Black Bear. My immediate reaction was to quickly turn around to make sure Mumma bear was not right behind me (not a place you want to be between a sow and her cub)! All clear I moved a little away and just watched he/she for a bit (that wire is a tracking device in its ear and the blue tag is used to also track which animal number it is).

Black Bear cub Sequoia National Park
Relaxed with my presence (a safe distance away) the bear cub just plonked down and relaxed
Black Bear cub Sequoia National Park
This gives a good view of the tracking device. Seems like it would be annoying but the bear didn’t seem to be bothered by it

I then headed further up the trail and discovered what I assume was the Mum and a sibling feasting on the lush greenery of the Big Trees Trail meadow. I stood some distance away behind a group of trees, to not bother them and just took in the great view Mother Nature provided.

Mother Black Bear Sequoia National Park California
A first glimpse of the Mother Black Bear
Mother Black Bear Sequoia National Park California
Looking for food
Black Bears feeding in the lush meadow of the Big Trees Trail Sequioa National Park
Black Bears feeding in the lush meadow of the Big Trees Trail
Mother Black Bear Sequoia National Park California
Just keeping an eye on you mate
Mother Black Bear Sequoia National Park California
Now where is my cub?
Black Bear Cub Sequoia National Park California
The other cub
Meadow Big Trees Trail Sequoia National Park Black Bears
What a view!
Black Bear Cub Sequoia National Park California
This cub was very busy looking for food (this one has a pink ear tag number)
Black Bear Cub Sequoia National Park California
Time to look for more food

Why is this area called Big Trees Trail? Well Sequoia National Park is famous for its Giant Sequoia trees which are some of the oldest and largest trees in the world (1,500 to 2,000 plus years old and the biggest are up to 84 metres / 275 feet high with a massive diameter of 7.7 metres / 25 feet). More on the giants of the forest in future posts.

Giant Sequoia Trees of the Big Trees Trail Sequoia NP CA
Giant Sequoia Trees of the Big Trees Trail
Giant Sequoia Trees of the Big Trees Trail Sequoia NP CA
Impressive and very old
Giant Sequoia Trees of the Big Trees Trail Sequoia NP CA
Mother Nature at her finest

This was the last short hike I was doing for the day (it was about 6:45pm). What a magnificent way to end the day!

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