I don't hunt bear with dogs as I do for '*****. Each year in early Dec. they show up near my deer stand (And the deer disappear). I then attempt to ambush them from my stand. Actually I'm more interested in having my grandson kill one than for me to do so. Though I do think it would be great to show up for the annual Christmas parade dressed in a bear skin, holding a buffalo lance riding an indian pony.
our canadian family raise a lot of cattle deep in bear country in northern BC. Uncle Jack (a REAL cowboy.. no posing necessary) told me once that after skinning out a bear he had killed he never could shoot one again because the sinned bear look so much like a human.
during my summer vacation I saw a number of black bear in BC... quite typically a mom with a set of twins.