Quick note on this comic:

It’s mostly a joke for myself about how when a few people are tramping around in the bush, it can be easy to imagine that the noises you hear heading towards you are a bear (or a moose, or a sasquatch) but most of the time it’s a member of your own little crew. That grew into the idea that bears are actually ninjas, and silently move around without detection. (Which is sort of what happens: most black bears are probably going to take off AWAY from you before you had any idea they were there.)

But I do want to point out that bear safety is important, and that actual predatory bear encounters are very rare.