You mentioned bears?

The North American black bear is truly one of the most maligned animals in the wilderness. A bear is capable of causing bodily injury, but the North American black bear should not be equated with bears such as the Grizzly or the Polar Bear. The black bear is a relatively docile animal, but he will attempt to steal your food pack if given the opportunity. We consider it a treat to see a bear in the wilds, but the black bear should be accorded the same respect as any other wild forest animal.