I went to Yosemite last year and a bear broke into my car. FOR A SODA!!! The soda can was closed, by the way. I removed anything good and smelly, but forgot about the visual clues they are keen to. Lotsa broken glass, but not too much damage.
The nat'l parks are beautiful...I wouldn't let bears keep me away....just make sure you 'bear proof' your camp ....meaning securing your garbage, food and not bringing your clothes you wore to cook in, into your tent when you sleep....basically keep the food smells away from you. And if possible camp further away from other campsites in case those campers aren't taking precautions. It's easy to take precautions and not worry about bears. Depending on the state, they are around...but they typically do not stalk people but are attracted to food/garbage of course. Those parks are amazing and of course there are different animals (and reptiles) depending on which state you are in. I've camped around grizzlies without a problem and been around lots of black bears...so i guess I don't worry about it so much because I've learned how to stay safe....it's their territory.
They're in my ex-sister-in-law's yard pretty much nightly. When people go home and park in the driveway at night, there's often a bear that will hide behind a tree. It's a real issue where there live (Western Mass). I'd have to move!
You know what i came to this thread, as i thought it was a joke..... I have never heard of bears wandering through camp sites. Where i live we only have cute teddy bears..... now i know how the other half of campers live....
lol !! here we had large goannas , kangaroos and snakes in the national parks ! I have seen programs with bears in them and if we travel across the US we want to visit [places like yellowstone park so I am interested as I would love to see one but wondered if many people get hurt by them !