I was hiking on Cannon Mountain Saturday, and was 90% sure I saw a black bear off the Kinsman Ridge trail about a mile or so from the junction of Fishing Jimmy trail. I didn't see the head of the bear but my instinct tell me that's a bear and I ran...
WSC and I saw a moose once on Mt Tecumseh, we backed away slowly and the moose eventually just walked away.
What is the right thing to do when you see a bear or a moose on a trail? I don't think run away is the right thing to do, but just felt right at the time.
Here is from my journal:
...I arrived at the summit around noon and was a little too early to go down, so I looked at my map and decided to hike deeper into Kinsman Ridge trail to look for the Cannon Balls. I set up a turn around time at 2 PM and off I went.
I ran into 2 groups of hiker hiking out from the wood as I was hiking in. The trail was clearly marked and well maintained, it wasn't spooky at all. I reached a small wooded summit just about 2 PM, I took off my backpack and climbed up a small rock to take pictures of the views. I planned to stick to my turn around time, but was thinking about took a quick bite first before I headed back. Just when I was about to reach in my backpack to grab my snacks, I heard branches snapping in the wood, it sounded like a heavy being stepping on the branches, not birds or chipmunks. My immediate thought was that must be other hikers. So I turned around and looked into the wood, but what I saw was a black thigh of what looked like a small bear moving in the wood. I didn't see the head, but from I could see it gave me enough information to recognize that as a cub, and the mother may be near by too. I grabbed my backpack (unzipped), my trekkng poles and my map and ran pretty damn fast.
As soon as I felt safer and know for sure I wasn't being chased (like I can ever out-run a bear :-), I stopped and put on my backpack and hiked very fast out. In fact so fast that I caught up with the 2nd guy I ran into while hiking in (when he was hiking out). I told him about the inccident and he told me that black bears are quite common in this part of the Whites.
As soon as I got down the mountain, I drove to a small bookstore in Lincoln (NH) where the owner Steve Smith is an expert of the Whites (He is the co-author of the AMC White Mountain Guide). I just wanna make sure it could be a bear that I saw on the mountain, he confirmed that bears are common in the Whites...