Black bears, grizzly bears, polar bears, oh wonderful bears! They are majestic, playful, protective, and affectionate to their young. Bears are not mean or malicious - they are wild - and all wild animals need their space. It is an exhilarating opportunity to watch bears and cubs forage, play, wrestle, and sleep in their natural habitat - provided you are a safe distance away. Whether you are hiking, biking, camping, hunting, even rafting in bear country it is important to know what to do, and not do, when you encounter a bear.