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Yosemite black bear

This is my second black bear encounter in Yosemite in the last two weeks. This time it was much more close and personal. This handsome young bear (not a cub though!) was curious about us and did not seem to be afraid at all. Before we realized, it walked right to our group. After some jumping around the boulders it leaped to the nearby tree and quickly climbed up 20 feet in about 5 seconds. Amazing creatures! We ended up chasing it off so hopefully it stays away from humans in the future.

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Taken on May 22, 2006