Steve and Ty quietly sidehilled to catch the bear on the other side of the trees. Steve crept low on the slope, in case the bear headed downhill, while Ty stayed high. Within a few minutes Ty spotted the bear easing out of the bush. The boar was only 60 yards away now, busily gobbling berries. With the breeze in his face, Ty watched the bear closely for a few moments to be sure that it was a black bear and not a grizzly. It had coal-black hair, and no guard hairs. As the bear continued to feed, Ty noted that there was no discernible hump in its back, nor did it have a grizzly’s telltale dished face. It was a big bear, weighing probably 400 pounds, Ty figured, but there had been bigger black bears killed in the area in recent years, so its size was not especially surprising.