I got into searching for bear attacks as an education tool for my kids who grew up more in the city than I did as a kid growing up in Alaska. Since that time, with the shear numbers of reported attacks in the news media, it has taken on a life of its own. I am truly shocked at how many are actually reported understanding that the number of bear encounters without injury are much higher. An encounter can easily become an attack with injury or death without the proper preparation.
Of course, driving a car is much more dangerous, but more folks understand that risk and drive with care. Many folks on the other hand take their hikes and camping trips into the deep woods with relatively no planning or forethought. Looking at the number of bear attacks should be a sobering endeavor and cause us to pause and take account of what we need to do to be safe should the rare encounter turn into an even rarer attack.