There has been extensive discussion on bear safety here on this forum over the last several years. The concensus has always been that bears are not to be trifled with. I don't know where you're getting the idea that anybody here does not believe in carrying bear spray or being prepared when in bear country. The OP was asking for advice on how to avoid bear encounters. There is not a complacency amongst the general group on this forum, for the most part, on bears. AFAIK only one person has referred to them as giant racoons, and that person was pretty thoroughly chastised for making that assertion.
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