On my NM bear hunt I was told by my hunting buddy to wait until good light to go in and to leave my hunting spot early enough to be back at the truck before dark. Better to avoid the chances of running into a sow bear with cubs in the dark.
Anyway on my way out the first day I was following my track in from the morning. At one point I had a small sand bar to cross.
As I walked back accross the sand bar I noticed “BIG” cat track inside my trcks from the morning walk in. Needless to say the rest of my walk out had me looking over my shoulder about as much as looking forward.