- A video shows a juvenile black bear fishing in a lake in California
- The bear is then startled by a man and bolts through bushes to avoid him
- The animal abandons its fish and wanders through a car park
One young California black bear was far more scared of humans than a man was of it.
Jared Hartman spotted a juvenile bear coming out of a lake carrying a rainbow trout while he was camping near Mammoth Lakes, California.
The animal is oblivious to his presence and happily hops out of the water holding its prize.
A man spotted a juvenile bear coming out of a lake carrying a rainbow trout while he was camping near Mammoth Lakes, California
However, the beast quickly abandons his trophy after realizing the fish was already dead and possibly rotting.
Still ignorant of Hartman, the bear begins sauntering in his direction before suddenly stopping and scrambling away into the brush.
‘It was obvious the bear was more afraid of me than I was of it,’ Hartman said.
The bear was oblivious to his presence before suddenly spotting him and hiding in the bushes
The animal exits the bushes and roams through the campground, most likely hunting for food
The animal exits the bushes and roams through the campground.
‘I then stopped following it, because I did not want it to feel I was chasing it or harassing it, and I was afraid it might run in front of a moving vehicle if I scared it too badly,’ Hartman said.
The bear appeared to be a juvenile, just young enough to have been pushed out on its by its mother so that it could take care of itself.