I recently picked up a Outdoor Life compilation, printed mid 80's, of true account bear stories they had run over the years in the magazine. Many of the articles were written by Canadian government wildlife/law enforcement personnel, named guides, or by renowned American outdoors writers. I am amazed at what I am reading: 1) Attacks/ deaths greatly accelerated in the 70's and 80's. 2) Black bears(???) can be maneaters...in the northwest USA and British Columbia 3) An angered bear operates on hate, and is almost impossible to stop short of a head or spine shot. Otherwise, he gets you before he dies. (When you recall that some humans have also done this, it becomes apparent that individual determination is a big factor). I am appalled to read all this because of something I did years ago. I had just driven straight thru from Florida to the Great Smoky Mountains, and had not eaten in quite some time, as I liked to drive at night. We arrived in a park in the Smokies about noon time. and spred our lunch on the table. There were many tables with people eating, and a sidewalk meandering through them. Soon a rather large single black bear came through, running people off, and taking whatever he(she?) wanted from each table. I watched this with amusement until he came for my food. As the bear leaned onto my table to get something, I got boiling mad and shouted in the bear's ear to get the h-ll away from my food. Well, he turned, raised full height, and tried to stare me down. They have HUGE paws, but I "knew" THAT BLACK BEARS DIDN'T HURT PEOPLE. Upon my next angry outburst, which even I was not expecting, the bear turned and ran back up the hill. The Lord had to have been looking out for me.