depending on where you are at bears might not be a problem. I have seen one bear around the Pocatello area but there are definitely other areas where it is a bigger problem. For the most part it is avoidance. If you are in bear country while they are awake it is easy for the most part to recognize bear sign and steer clear of them. Unless I had a good hunting rifle or my archery set up, I would not consider one survival food. That's what the tree rats are for.
But any way I just moved out past Burley a few weeks ago so I have to update my info.
* (Swinging club) Whack! whack! whack! *
Nope, the old nag's still dead .