We have lots of blackies here on the outskirts of lederhosenland, as well as up at Lake Wenatchee. Unfortunately though, that's primarily because the lake's a large summer home community of Seattle-side city dwellers. They tend to store their garbage in the outside cans, and that's just a magnet for coons and bears. That's not to say that there's a few idiots here in Leavenworth who can't comprehend why there's a family of bears ripping up their front deck because they stored 20 gallons of honey underneath it! Bird feeders are an especially tempting offering. Humans create most of the problem encounters with these other forest-dwellers, and then cry when the bear has to be put down. That being said, the bear spray's on the hunting pack, along with my sidearm. A note on the last, too: hollow points aren't what you want for that application-they need to be solids.