Wondered if you guys have many bear encounters where you are? I live in NW Pa and have come in close proximity with black bears several times. I admit that I get a little nervous between Mar and Nov. I'm sure the odds of one attacking you is extremely rare, but it is a little intimidating. The bears come looking for birdfeeders and garbage and they don't appear to have any fear of man. I've never been threatened by one, but they don't run away either. I've been within 20ft of a sow and cubs many times. The cubs will usually scamper up a tree. I try to just back away slowly. But it's pretty easy to walk up on one.