The dream scene was unfolding before us.
A black bear was ambling within sight of a Yellowstone road, nibbling at whatever caught its eye. In the distance, a bison was grazing comfortably on old grass.
An air of anticipation rippled through the photographers watching on the road as they realized that the two creatures might end up in the same football-sized area.
The bear kept moving steadily closer … the bison kept slowly eating its way into a clearing. By this time the onlookers couldn’t believe their good fortune, getting a ring-side seat to a confrontation between predator and prey.
When the bear got to within 50 yards of the bison, SUDDENLY … nothing happened. The bear walked by the bison as if it was just another tree stump. The bison didn’t even change its grazing speed.
The air of anticipation evapourated.