My 'bear country' may be different than your 'bear country'. [/QUOTE
I lived in Alaska for 5 years in the 70's. I was up north near Fairbanks. Yes, I'm sure the bear country is different in the lower 48. Grizzlies here don't wander too far out of Yellowstone, and the ones that do are more likely to be a problem in the national forests when hunters have gotten game down. I've never heard of a grizzly down here going into or even near a town. Isolated ranches maybe. Black bears do get into towns and raid bird feeders, pet food, etc.
Alaska may be the only place in the nation where state troopers have to respond to wildlife calls, domestic disturbances, etc. State troopers here in Montana and in most other states only patrol the state highways and interstates and just deal with motorists. There are deputies from the various county sheriff's departments that deal with rural issues and might occasionally deal with wildlife problems if a game warden is too far away.