Bear Facts5th July 2010 • Places to Visit • Stephanie Donaldson
We had two evenings when we went to hides to watch bears. Both involved long drives up remote valleys, although our local guide, environmentalist Istvan Kovacs, told us they roam far and wide and are often seen close to villages. On the first occasion a bear arrived within 10 minutes of us reaching the hide and then ambled off after another 10 minutes. We sat there for a further 2 hours with nary a bear to be seen and finally left as a violent thunderstorm broke overhead. The other hide was a much more exciting event. We saw 14 bears including small cubs that were cuteness personified. Mother bear arrived stage left and while she rooted around her 4 cubs shinned up a tree one after another and hung about there until she was ready to leave. It was a magical experience, so much so that I decided to forgo my camera and just enjoy it – so sorry folks, no cute pictures of cubs.