TheTourist: Something tells me if they were still alive, Raymond Jakubauskas and Carola Frehe would likely challenge your conclusions. Same thing with Jacqueline Perry who died after a brutal black bear mauling at Missinaibi River in Ontario. Lets not even ask the opinion of twelve year old David Alexander who was dragged from his tent and killed in La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve in Quebec. Predatory Black bear maulings DO OCCUR. Planting one's head in the sand and wishing they didn't is contrary to what this adv-cat thinks is prudent adventure preparations. I agree, it's remarkably rare, but worth preparing for, especially when camping alone. I camped ALONE on Bates Island five summers before Jakubauskas became bear excrement. When I read of their deaths, I thought, "Holy crap, that could have been me." I remember the precise moment I dragged my kayak up to the same area they died at. I'm seeking real answers to my real questions. I'll be spending three weeks in Labrador this summer. In Eastern Canada, this is expected to be the summer of hell when it comes to animal attacks. Don't ask me how I know that. I do not want to have my DNA pass through Bear Bowels. Does anyone? Not that there's anything wrong with that.