For many backpackers, bears are at the top of their mind while they’re in the wilderness. Bears are the animals that we want to see the most while we’re backpacking, but they’re also the animals that we’re most afraid of.
Bear encounters in the Southeast happen all the time, but rarely will you ever see them. Bears DO NOT LIKE PEOPLE! They will always shy away from you.
You’re about 10 times more likely to die from a dog attack than a bear attack. You’re about 12 times more likely to die from a bee sting than a bear attack.