I was never bothered by the appearance of bears before ....didn't give them a 2nd thought. And, here I live in a neighborhood where one might show up at my door tonight! That is until early this summer, I was camping not too far from here in the Brakes Interstate Park in Virginia when a bear showed up in the middle of the night....12:30 AM! I noted the time...why I'll never know...but the critter turned over the garbage can and then moved just outside my tent and finished off the contents. I could clearly hear ever snap of his teeth as he ate his midnight dinner...., breathing....you name it! All I had for defense was my camera...and there I was "wide awake" straining to look out of a tent that had no windows and only one door! My bike was standing close by out of the tent door on the center stand. I had prepared no meals but from time to time carried food in the side cases....I was really concerned he would attempt to tear into it. It turned out he finished off the chicken bones and whatever else my camp neighbor had managed to put into the trash can....good thing for him...otherwise I would have had to flash him when he stuck his head in the tent! After he was gone..I had to take a leak in the worse way....but no way was I going to get out of that tent in the middle of the night! I've said it before and will say it again...this rr is off the chart! Thank you so much for taking what must be hours and hours to provide us, the reader,with such a wonderful adventure! God Love You!