That's a real bummer. Anyone ever read The Brave Cowboy by Ed Abbey, or see the film adaptation, with Kirk Douglas entitled Lonely Are the Brave? It's about a freedom-loving cowboy who refuses to adapt to modern society, and as a result is hounded and pursued by authorities. The cowboy, Jack Burns, escapes free and clear, only to to run over by a semi hauling toilets as he rides his horse across a highway. I guess this bear was an ursine Jack Burns.