Originally Posted by Wlfdg
The bears you deal with are bigger and more aggressive I think.
It is normally the case that our bears aren't acclimated to close human presence, let alone contact. Especially out where I'm in hunting camps. I have some experience with park bears that can get comfortable with human presence in the campgrounds. But any wild bear that approaches me that closely without that prior type of human acclimation goes to bear heaven. Something definitely wrong with such a bear in my mind. That black bear that stalked me..., I couldn't tell if he was curious, hungry, or what. I made a hasty move with my arm and rifle once in the effort to confront him. He just about bounded off, but then instead turned back and squared off with me, staring like a dog does just prior to a fight. This was in the mountains, a good 15 air miles from the nearest inhabited residence. That was enough of a display for me. Time for that bear to go. After all, I was hunting for black bear. One of the easiest bears I ever got. He actually found me rather than the other way around.