How timely! I have been repairing a fence for a family that I do lots of odd jobs for. Seems a bear has been running through yards and scaring everyone in their neighborhood. The home owner showed be a tree where the bear has been scraping and I saw claw marks all over another tree. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous so I made as much noise as I could. Fence done and I have not been mauled. The only thing mauled was their checkbook.