Just out of curiosity I wonder how many people here have actually had a negative encounter with a Bear or Cougar? I don't need to know if you saw one but has anyone suffered damage from a Bear while present? Had a mock charge or real one? Ever had a Bear go after your food or camp? Were you there? Just curious if maybe some of this stuff isn't taken to literally. I have had 3 BB take fish off my line in the the Queen Charlottes. Minimum distance about 15 feet. I have had one BB in the QC set up right behind me, about 6 feet and Wuff when I hooked a Silver. (no i didn't know it was there until I did a 6 foot high 180 ) I have had to leave Salmon streams in BC and Alaska because of Brownies and Grizzlies, but not because of their actions but my sense of fear. Twice I Have had to shoot Grizzlies that charged me or my horse with evil intent. No apologies for that.