I have seen tons of bears on my travels, the ones out west make the little ones I have seen in the Smokey mountains look quite small in comparison. I find if you are respectful of them they will leave you alone. Most attacks happen to people who don't fallow the rules of bear country. I ran across a small, probably year old bear right off the walking path to Clingmans dome. It was just flipping rocks and digging up food in the grass, and people were walking with in 10 feet of him and he never moved an inch. The only wildlife I had any kind of issue with on this trip was a raccoon that climbed up on my bike at the camp sight and knocked my mirror out of adjustment. This pic is not really zoomed in, I am really that close.