Another time I was hiking in before light on a logging road. A bear with cubs was coming down the hill through the brush and must have smelled me on the road where they were about to cross. I heard cubs go up a tree and momma bear started huffing, cracking brush and clicking its jaws. This was made worse because I tried to keep going, and she tried to go the same way. So she might have thought I was following her. Keep in mind it was dark so I had no idea where she was. I decided to just get ready in case she actually charges. So I backed to the other side of the road to create a buffer, took the safety off and thought, "Well, I can probably get one shot off before she is on me." I stood there waiting for the showdown...and waited. After a little bit I didn't hear anything moving. They never came out and just kind of drifted away. It was pretty tense for a while.