For the record, I support the right to keep and arm bears.
Oh, and the Sierra's are the worst for bears. I was camping up at half dome one time and we had our food strung up on the park-provided wire. Well, the bears had figured out the mechanism that raised and lowered the wire and they just unclipped it, let it drop, and ate all my stuff. I had a can of tuna I wish I would have kept because it had a three-toed claw mark across the lid. That very same night I had a bear standing over my sleeping bag. My friend screamed and from a deep sleep I jack-knifed up out of my bag and inadvertantly kicked the bear square in the jewels. He made a grunt, expelled air, and lumbered off -- that's how I know I got 'em in the nutz, because its the same sound I would make, except I wouldn't lumber off, I'd collapse on the guy in the bag, get collected, then kick him in the deez.