Coincidentally meeting a bear in the wild while jogging or hiking is one of my hitherto unfulfilled dreams that made me move to Romania.
Yesterday, during a long hike from Târgu Mureș to Miercurea Nirajului, I came as close to this goal as never before. While climbing a steep hill outside the village of Sânișor, I found bear tracks.
Potentially even tracks of more than one bear.
For the purpose of comparison, here are two human feet.
(Yes, the shoe with holes is mine. And yes, I know that I should buy a new pair eventually.)
Size and shape of the tracks did not leave any doubt: Bears had been here.
We followed the tracks to the top of the hill, where they got lost in the grass, and picked the spot for a picnic. Unfortunately, even our bacon sandwiches and tasty meatballs did not manage to attract the bear(s). – I will have to return to that hill with more foodstuff soon and lie on lookout. Does anyone know what bears like to eat most? (Except humans, of course.)