As we took a hike down our road this morning this is what we found. Nice big pile of bear skat right in the road. Bears are generally around from the time they go out of hibernation until they go back into hibernation. We sometimes have encounters with them but around our house they are always respectful and have marked a rather large territory for us. We are respectful of them too and we have managed to live 16 years with them in peaceful coexistence. If they are dangerous we have never observed that side of them and we have seen and encountered hundreds. Give respect and receive respect.