Having lived in Bear country most of my adult life, Colorado and Montana I really 2nd the BELL
be worn on clothes suggestion! Often times the biggest issue is that the bear is not aware we are there. It frightens them and the react in their defense. Make ton's of noise, sing, whistle, hummmm, talk, when hiking/walking down paths. People don't realize how many times they actually have scared off a bear just by the noise they make, the bear is long gone before they even know it.
Of course there are bear that have become accustom to human noise and they don't care that you have a 4 man band hiking with you, all they care about is that sandwich in your backpack
. Think before you have issues! .