Over the last 15 years, I have killed two black bears at bait sites that I felt were going to do me some harm.
both were males. one at 30 yards behind me, the other was hiding in some alders and would come towards me when
I approached. that was at 30 yards also.
I had one female with cubs that was none to happy I was there.. she beat up a bush and was very intimidating for a while. hissing and popping her jaws. then she left.
I have heard of others shooting them when they climber up and got to there tree stand.