National Geographic : 1913 Jul
Photo by George Shiras, 3rd COW MOOSE AND CALF These animals were found in a pond back of the south arm, in a beautifully wooded district of the upper Yellowstone cution, but just as the finger was pressing the trigger came a deep "waugh" and then the sound of a heavy animal run ning away. Looking over the cameras, I saw the bear galloping down the elk trail and disappearing around a bend. "Examining the apparatus, I found that the safety catch had not been with drawn, and the firing pin, in striking an intervening piece of steel, made the click mentioned. ANOTHER SURPRISE "For several minutes I worked away resetting the shutters and adjusting the string, when I became aware of heavy breathing close by, and in some trepida tion looked about, but could see nothing. Raising up slightly, so that I could see over the stand, there, within 5 feet of me and sitting on its haunches, was a huge silver-tip grizzly. The bright rays of the moon fell directly upon the head and breast, while the little, beady eyes stared at me steadily, the half-open mouth showing a fine set of teeth. And this was Farrell's "black" bear, and my guides sitting by a glowing fire a dozen miles away! "To run for the tent, where were my revolver and axe, seemed a dangerous proceeding, for visible evidence of fear invites attack from any dangerous ani mal, wild or domestic. "An instant later I realized safety was at hand, for, reaching out, I cautiously picked up the hand flashlight. By shov ing this close toward his face and firing it, closing my eyes at the same time, the animal would be so blinded for several minutes as to be unable to see, and in the interim I could reach the tent, even were he disposed to be ill-tempered after such a greeting. "Realizing this, I looked at the bear with more composure, trying to figure out the best way of making him depart without alarming him too much. Finally I gave a low, steady hiss; whereupon he came down on all fours, and descending the bank, passed through some thick bushes, where I could hear him walking along the gravelly beach.