Don't mean to bring up an old thread, but I think this is relevant; it happened Sunday, September 12th:
Grizzly Attacks Bow Hunter in Gravelly Mountains
Most of the old-timers here in the Montana Rockies are like Jeff - they've seen bears plenty of times without incident. But we've had two deaths and several maulings this past year. Something is changing, 'cause the experienced guys here (and my hunting buddy Big John) have been right about this for years.
The bear population in the US has doubled in the last twenty years; more and more of us are spending time with Nature (National Parks keep having record years). And the last thing we need is some yahoo wildly firing a .44 mag in a populated campground.
It's probably a good idea to revisit this topic now, especially with all the hunters sneaking around in bear territory. I'd like to hear from you guys with the real experience how you feel about the increase in bear encounters/maulings, and if we should change the way we're approaching this.
As I was trying to find the above link, I came across way too many other articles about maulings over the last few years, like this
Times are changing guys, and if we don't adapt, next thing you know, they'll make us wear bells every time we go in the woods.
(FYI, I've only had one bear encounter, and that was a black sow in western Mass, while on a video shoot. I held up my 30 pound camera rig and shouted at the bear; she bolted into the woods.)