Humans are a far greater danger to Bears than Bears are to humans. In eastern states alone during the dozen years or so before one 2013 article was written, 100,103 Bears were legally killed in their own homes.
|Grizzly Man and Girlfriend|
"Grizzly Man" Timothy Treadwell famously thought he had Bears all figured out, and even felt he had been accepted by them. In 2003 he took his girlfriend Amie Huguenard to Katmai National Park in Alaska. Amie was scared of Bears. (As she should have been.) They pitched their tent at the intersection of known Bear trails. Sometime during one night, a Bear visited the camp. Treadwell left the tent, presumably to talk the Bear away. Amie turned on a video camera, although only audio was recorded, from a mic worn by Treadwell. For six, horrifying, recorded minutes, the Bear savagely mauled Treadwell, while Amie bravely attacked it with nothing but a frying pan. (Anyone whose morbid curiosity may be piqued should know that it is extremely doubtful any of the purported recordings on the internet are real.)
The encounter did not end well for any of the parties involved.
Bears -- at least the non-sentient kind -- are not your friends. They have instinctive reasons for attacking based on all sorts of triggers and behaviors no human can fully comprehend. Sometimes they just have bad days.
Many attacks are made by captive Bears, either kept as pets or performers. Bears are unpredictable, but owners are lulled into a false sense of security, and lose respect for the most dangerous animal on the continent. One man who had his pet Bear's teeth and claws removed was still crushed to death.
The Bear has no comment.
As readers of this ephemeris know, there is no such thing as a safe Bear. Its author, however, has long limited his attacks on humans to biting satire and vicious broadsides.
On a lighter note, if you follow the simple tips provided by Park Ranger Gloria Newsom in this video, you should have nothing to worry about.