I have had 5 close friends mauled, I have had several (Not Close but still) friends mauled. And some have died. On the occasions that I have had to dig out wounded bears, I always had the same thought, "I wish I had a good full face Motorcycle helmet, I wish I had my riding leathers, I wish I had one of those plastic neck braces things, but mostly I wished for some recoil-less weapon that would fire a 16 pound bowling ball at roughly 2,000 FPS.
Now to my point. If I was a bear baiter I think I would have a helmet in my truck to carry in pack till I was with-in say 50 yards of my bait pile, and put that helmet on till I was clear the station was super safe.