This is inspired by Ed's mountain lion sighting thread, but I didn't want to derail it. So, how about posting (with pictures if possible) stories of your favorite backcountry animal sightings?
I have two: First, the lynx in 2007. We were on a day hike (ha!) about a mile from the trailhead in Two Medicine in Glacier when someone in our group saw something move in the brush. We were making quite a racket (it was eight people after all). So, we stopped, and then someone in our group of about eight pointed out the lynx. He (she?) was about a hundred yards away, just staring at us, long enough that we got a couple of pictures off. After a few minutes, he turned dismissively and walked away. What I remember most are the size of those paws--big enough that I thought it was a mountain lion when I saw them. Here he is--the guys who got the pics forgot to shut off the flash. It gives him a nice demon look, though.
I've also run into wolverines twice in Glacier. Once, that same summer as the lynx, we were coming down from Gunsight Pass to Lake Ellen Wilson when we spotted something plowing up the slope above the lake. It was smallish and dark with tan stripes down its back. I quickly realized it was a wolverine, but it was gone before we could take a picture.
The next summer, in Cut Bank, I hiked into falling September snow when I came across some very fresh tracks. Wolverine again. I knew he (she?) could only be a few minutes in front of me with the rate of snow fall. Given their fierce reputation, I couldn't help but feel a gnawing nervous fear, especially from being solo. I got pictures of the tracks this time.
I count myself lucky to have seen these beautiful creatures, especially since I'm often too focused on the trail to see the wildlife around me (I once walked past a bull moose 30 feet away from me without seeing him).