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Running south on the Sawbill Trail today, I saw

6/24/08 – Jogging south on the Sawbill Trail today, I saw a large black figure about 300 yards ahead moving away from me on the trail. I kept running to within 200 yards of it and saw it was a big black bear skirting the road lazily. I was downwind from it, but wanted to be cautious since I was on foot, so I slowed to a walk and followed it for about three minutes as it continued ambling along. Finally at about a mile south of the outfitter I drew close enough to distinguish the lighter shade of tan around its snout when it ducked off the road and into the brush to the west. Awed by the encounter, I decided to head back to the outfitter to avoid giving the bear the impression it was being followed. – Lee