I had parked the Jeep, and was taking a walk along the shore of partially-frozen Lake Kluane. So was the bear! I was headed back towards my Jeep, and so was the bear, from the other direction. I got there first.That’s what I was talking about how far away was he and how far to your jeep
The bear was aware of me, but didn't seem particularly interested, it was just strolling along. I'd guess we got within 100 yards of each other or so. On that same trip I had several much closer encounters with black bears:
Mostly though, they were just enjoying the fresh spring grass along the side of the road. There was one that I tried to photograph - but he wasn't acting "nice" - so I hopped back in the Jeep and drove away. That was the only bear that gave me a worry on the three week trip. I think I've got a photo of him somewhere - he wasn't casual or relaxed around me, so I left. I don't usually get too worried about black bears - but that one worried me by his actions, his body language and he just kept looking right at me, not grazing on the lush green grass or anything. He was probably more worried about me - but whatever - it was time to leave.
Bear spray, I had that stuff with me. Usually do on my trips here in the Northwest. Glad I've never had to find out if it works or not.
Sometimes after a few too-many bear sightings in a day, the little nylon backpacking tent didn't seem like much of a shelter at night.