Last weekend my husband and I took a beautiful hike on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. We had been hiking for well over a couple of hours and were enjoying amazing views of Lake Tahoe(and of course, I was taking pics!!! ; ) ) . Just as we rounded a bend we started to head more inland and in to a more forested , darker area. I had not yet changed my camera settings(grrrrrrrr!!!!), when all of a sudden this Bear, or Bear Cub to be more precise, walked out of the woods and looked at us. All I had time to do was try and shoot and be as still as possible to try and avoid camera shake....the Cub was there and gone in a matter of seconds it seemed. But what a thrill it was!!! From what I have read, Black Bears stay with their Mommas until late spring and are on their own when they are about 17 months old ...so this little guy/girl must have been about 19 - 20 months old. ?? My Bear experts....Laura and Jenny, do you think this is right? All I know is that I was so excited to see a bear and mad that I didn't have my camera ready!!!! GRRRRRR!!! But, at least I got a few ok pics....and a wonderful memory!