Big Papa, Wood Buffalo National Park, Northwest Territories, Canada
During my last stay in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, I went for a hike (many actually) in Wood Buffalo National Park. I came upon a small clearing where a large black bear was grazing. I have encountered bears before, but its usually their rear end as they run away. This “Big Papa” , however, stood his ground and let me know, I have come this far, and shall go no further. I calmly backed away as he watched. Terrifying & exhilarating at the same time!