Species Identification Confidence:
I'm absolutely certain
Observed Individual(s) in Hand or Close Range
Bear observed at 30 yards while archery hunting elk. Bear walked in front of me. Lighter patches (cub collar?) observed on shoulders. Estimated to be 250 lbs. 3 years old. Bear was throwing head from side to side while walking. Bear walked through a group of elk just before I saw it. Bear continued to walk down the ridge.
Drive up Keg Springs road. Hike North at 2nd closed gate. Take old logging road up ridge.
Forested canopy. Mature Lodgepole and Douglas fir mix. Some small spruce with small opening of snowberry and geranium.
Game Management Unit:
September 19, 2013, 1:31 pm to 1:36 pm MDT
Observed while elk hunting. I took a GPS point immediately after encounter.
SA code (IDFG Reference Code):
Animal Observation Report (Sightings)