Come back in a couple of hours. Hmmm, I'll be asleep then (hopefully) and since I'm leaving for a business trip tomorrow I might as well vote now! Even as it stands right now in my personal voting book it's already a 4 star page! Great info as I have come to expect from you!
I've had plenty of black bear encounters here in the East. One really, really bad one. Was lucky I didn't get mauled. Still have nightmares about it. It was just a fluke--I don't muck about with bears or take chances around them.