I was hiking this morning and had a rather primal encounter with a bear. I've seen black bears in the woods and my backyard at least a 100 times in the last ten years and I'm not normally concerned about an encounter with them, but this was different.
Kiko (my dog) and I were topping out a hill when we see a good sized black bear about 150 feet away. I stop and yell "hello bear" to it. It looks at us for a couple seconds and starts coming right at us at a walk. I yell and throw a stick and it stops. When we start walking away it starts following us. I stop and yell again and it stops. This goes on for a good ten minutes, with multiple stare downs. Twice it was close enough that I could have hit it by throwing a stone at it. Kiko was all excited and I was too. It was getting pretty scary as it was clearly stalking us and gave me a big, heart pounding adrenalin rush. I even thought about the advice to imagine a large carnivore is chasing you when you do sprints. This seemed to qualify.
I'm thinking about carrying something to scare them with; not sure what. This one was way too aggressive and *not* afraid of people. I'd say he was about 250 pounds or more. Pretty freaky.