Another Hike In State Game Lands 119: Found Me A Couple Of Bears This Time
It was another clear and cool morning on Sunday here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I enjoyed my early morning walk through my neighborhood in the Green Ridge section of Hazle Township, Luzerne County. After some coffee I was off to hike in the State Game Lands 119 in Dennison Township. Located about 30 miles from my house I have come to love these isolated woodlands. The last two miles of the drive are pretty rough and require a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Once again, after I left my jeep, I was greeted by the songs of the many species of birds that nest in mixed pine and oak forest. One of the first I was able to see was this sparrow. I am not good identifying sparrow but I think it is a common chipping sparrow.
This week I wanted to get to the large swamps near Crystal Lake so I didn’t walk the side trail into the heath barrens. Instead I followed the old Hollenback Road. This trail is wide and clear of grass, which means no ticks. I encountered a dozen of them on a grassy trail in State Game Lands 141 last week.
I continued my walk to an area of wetlands when I saw this fellow approaching me on the road. I was excited to have an opportunity to get some photographs. Usually, when a large male bear approaches they avoid humans and walk or run into the forest. This one didn’t. He kept walking toward me on the trail.
He didn’t flee but kept approaching. Now I was getting worried. I have encountered many male bears and they have always fled. (Momma bears with cubs are an entirely different situation). He was too close now for me to run away. .
So I started yelling as loud as I could while jumping up and down with my hands extended to make myself look as large as I could. He now got frightened and ran into the woods. I don’t usually get scared when I encounter a bear in the woods, but this guy had me a bit worried. All’s well that ends well and I continued my walk. Here is a link to some more photographs from my encounter with the bear. State Game Lands 119 bear June 23 2019.
I followed the trail through some shaded woods but they ended and the trail widened requiring me to walk in the intense June sun. The trail again entered the wetlands and swamps near Crystal Lake. They again were still flooded from the recent heavy rains.
I didn’t want to walk through these swampy conditions again. And I was out about 4 1/2 miles so decided to return. Just as I did I another large bear peered out form the woods along the trail . This one glanced at me and ran into the woods.
. I was hoping to encounter the bear again but he wasn’t around. Once again the woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania provided me with an enjoyable walk. I hope to have many more this Summer and hope to share my adventures with my friends here on my blog. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. State Game Lands 119 hike June 23 2019.
“If you don’t love animals, you’ll never love the wild.”