Can we have a civil discussion about interacting with bears. It seems the less time people have spent around bears the more fear they have of them. And conversely the opposite is valid. I wonder if we could talk about what does it mean if a bear comes up to you one way verses a different way.
Not a war stories thread, about how you killed a charging bear at 40 yards or at any distance. But a educational discussion about threatening bear behavior verses the behavior of a lonely three year old grizzly that has just been run out of the family bond.
There are places you can go in the late fall and have 30 to 45 or more close bear encounters per day. You can have bears sleeping in camp, and yes snoring.
I think it would be helpful to have a non-confrontation dialog about bear behavior at close ranges. I strongly request that you speak from personal experience, not what you have read, or legends you hold to be true.