What's scarier than one bear ten feet away from you? Why, it's two bears ten feet away from you, of course! And what's more frightening than two bears ten feet away from you? Three bears, naturally! You get the idea.
A videographer at the lodge in Brooks Falls, AK was witness to some hot threeway bear action when they looked outside at the path abutting the lodge -- the public path, mind you, and saw three angry bears having some kind of, well, I think the scientific term is kerfuffle.
While it remains unclear what caused precipitated the bear's tense standoff, one thing is for sure: it ain't no teddy bear's picnic.
Still, after the initial flare up of aggression, the battle turns to stubbornness, with none of the bears giving an inch. One of the bears on the right takes a few bluffing snaps at the bear on the left, but the name of the game is not letting anyone get past you. In this way, it more than resembles a lot of the traffic conditions in Bozeman and Missoula.
Brooks Falls is located in the Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, and is known for its bear population and some of the bear's laxity around humans. Still, being unconcerned about humans doesn't necessarily equate safe around humans, and if I were one of the folks in the lodge, I'd be awful happy for the wall between them and me.
Come to think of it, I'm also glad that bears can't drive cars (yet).