Likely a three year old and the first summer away from the mother. Paul and I happened upon the bear while driving out after a hike up to the lower of the Headwalls Lakes. I imagine this young bear would have enjoyed the numerous cutthroat trout that Paul caught that day.
We stopped the car and the bear walked right in front of us. We enjoyed the event more than the bear did. The ears are back and the mouth is open in a don't-mess-with-me growl.