As exciting as it is to see these beautiful creatures "up close and personal", they are wild animals and must be treated as such.
It concerns me greatly that the bears are hungry and their search for food has forced them to become comfortable around humans. I have been told that if we call the DNR, they will euthanize the animals, because of their contact/comfort with humans.
I think a better alternative is to respect the bears' space and not leave anything (pet food, birdseed, trash, etc) around to entice them. I'm also encouraging the dogs to bark before we go out walking.
I don't need first hand proof of "Does a wild bear sh*t in the woods!?!"