A number of times I’ve seen bears in Kitimat. One experience wasn’t pleasant and unfair to the bear in question so I don’t think I’ll tell that story. But once I was skipping along some rocks near a stream and I turned around and realized I was entertaining some bear. While I was probably at least partly afraid, I must admit I was more embarrassed that I had been spotted doing something silly, even if it was by a bear. Another time I was at the dump bottle collecting and I found myself accidently within touching range of a bear eating garbage. Happily, children in Kitimat are taught how to react if they encounter a bear, so I turned around and walked quickly but not aggressively away from the dump.