One afternoon we got lucky finding this two year old male in a patch of wildflowers (Wild Yarrow, I believe) in good lighting conditions. He was right along the side of the road so we pulled over and I got this shot right from the car. He is a handsome Bear!
Although this guy won't be mating for a few more years we are now entering the 2+ month period of Black Bear mating season in this area. 400 pound males are out and about marking their territory! If you will be in Bear country at this time of year, please remember to give those big boys room as they will defend their territory and mates.