Safety first: stay the hell away from bears.

No matter how cute they are. No matter how inflamed with bearlust you are after reading this adorable list. No matter how much bread they catch: STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM BEARS.

Bears are constantly adapting to our crazy human world, and they've found some ingenious ways to do it. As we encroach on their habitat, we're gonna have more and more bear encounters. Most of the ones here are pretty great, but this isn't a cute cat or dog list. Bears are not a domestic animal, though they will sometimes play along with us, biding their time. Bears are wild, powerful beasts trying to survive with their backs against the wall. They. Will. Strike. Out.