Wow, have encountered my first bear this evening!
Sept. 16/2013, Monday night, was out walking down the street at approx. 8:45 p.m.; rounded a curve on the sidewalk and then noticed way ahead of me in the darkness a round form coming and thought at first it was a big dog, but then it seemed too low and rounded out. It was rambling along the sidewalk and straight in my direction! I stopped and froze, stared right at him/her. I think it was about 2 yrs old, not really big or anything. The bear stopped cold, noticed me, stared, then decided to head sideways off into the nearby bushy park next to a parking lot of cars in the area where I live. So the bear went his way and I went on, making a shortcut off the sidewalk and through a residential area to be near a house or two.
We do have deer around too, they come out at night to feed and just love the flower beds and bushes around here.