Yes, there are bears in the mountains here where we love to hike. Once in a while they come into town as well. The rimrocks on the edge of our city is not bear territory thankfully.
We make a lot of noise when we hike though and so far we have not seen any bears or mountain lions while hiking. Praise the Lord! I have no desire to run into any large animals. We did pass a moose one time though and I didn't even get to take a photo because the goal was to pass the moose with the dogs and not spook her. We succeeded. It is a great memory though being so close to a moose (she was just off our trail). 1 day ago