So thirty minutes ago I'm tending to my tomato plants when, from the treeline perhaps 15 yards away, out comes a black bear. I just wrote and then deleted the words "medium sized black bear," reasoning that:
1.) Not being a zookeeper or park ranger, I have no idea in what percentile, sizewise, this particular bear belongs, and
2.) Does it really matter? It's not as though there is a bear size threshold below which you say to yourself: "You know what? I was going to escape, but instead I think I'll go over and kick some ursine ass."
In any case, it was a black bear, and it was too close for comfort, so I backed away. It stood up on its hind legs, looked at me inquisitively, and retreated into the woods.
Did I respond wisely? What would you do in this situation? What would Barwis do?
Of course some might say that there are plentiful resources on the web on this subject, and I would be better served by a Google search. But like a politician I see no reason to seek expertise from strangers when unqualified but like-minded advisers are so close at hand.