...wanted and unwanted sighting. Nice to see but a bit uncomfortable right then I suppose?
Are you sure they were not cows? Mistaking a cow for a bear is a pretty easy mistake to make.... so I'm led to believe.
Wanted and unwanted is a good way to put it.
When the bear appeared on the trail it was only about 50 meters away and walking towards us. I expected it would see us and head off in another direction. But it didn't, it just kept walking at us. The cub was trailing by about 5 meters. We backed up a bit and then got off the trail and headed a bit to the side of the trail. The bear stood up and leaned against a tree, kind of looking around. Then it got back down on all fours and walked past us. At that point we were about 10-15 meters away from the bear.
The cub was trailing and slowed and looked at us, took a few steps off the trail in our direction and then changed its mind and went back on the trail and caught back up to the mother.
When the bear was about 35 meters past us, it took a right turn and headed off the trail and up the hill.
Or maybe it was a cow and calf? That'd be much more exotic in the middle of Yellowstone! Either way, it was a memorable encounter.