But neither was it particularly menacing. More to the point, I knew, deep in my thudding heart,this grizzly had better things to do than shake tourists out of trees like coconuts. And in these particular circumstances, our status in the food chain had slipped precipitously. As it moved two steps forward and rocked one step back, we edged away facing it. The firewood sailed past the bear. He circled behind the bear and shinnied up a tree, leaving his sister Jamie, with her can of pepper spray, to hold the front lines alone. It leapt from the stool and charged but stopped abruptly. E-bikes have the power to do great damage. Counting the tree stump, the undisputed king of the mountain was about 11 feet tall and had a good view of the puny enemy who was interrupting its supper.