We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I presume from this, if the bear is expecting our arrival, that is that we have an appointment to meet with that bear that is, then we don't need the little bells and pepper spray, sound right?
Seems like a goodly portion of those bears have a mental disorder evidenced by the purported by the exaggerated startle response, according to the DSM-5, perhaps from PTSD, maybe a close call with death or injury previously. It's a war out there people, I'll tell ya, it's a war.