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Yikes, a bluff charge from a Griz 2 times? I think I'd be white headed.
Some people do say black bears can be just as mean, and maybe so. It's all about the particular bear, its temperament, and the environment.
We have very few bad encounters that result in injury or death with BBears here. But it has happened.
I have not encountered one on the trail, but I have friends that have I am sure. I have come very close to crossing paths with 2 sets of bears at least. 1 was actually a Mother and cubs, and they were watching me come to find out. I had no idea I was being watched at the time. I Was shooting rocks and water streaming down from this area. They were up the hill, and I Was actually just considering going up that way, when someone came by and told me about them watching me. How he knew this, I do not know. But he saw them up there somehow. Another time, I just missed them on a trail, I could see one off nearby.
My closest encounters have been in Cades Cove mostly. they are found there quite frequently.