I've only met up with one bear in all of my times in the woods fishing and that day I learned how to walk on water. I came around the bend of this creek I was fishing on and as I looked up this big black bear came out of the woods and crossed in front of me. I didn't stick around to see what it did as I was really moving out down stream. My one and only encounter.
Now how about cougars. Did you ever meet up with one of those?