I'm up in Lake Tahoe while my house is being remodelled. This morning, I was letting my dogs outside, and as soon as I opened the front door, I realized there was a GIANT BEAR rummaging through my garbage it removed from my supposedly "bear-proof" garbage container. It was about 15 feet away, and my two pacifist greyhounds didn't see it and wandered right out towards it. Once it realized there were people and dogs coming, the bear bolted away.
I planned on going back to sleep after letting the dogs out, but my heart is racing! Whoa! That thing was HUGE!!!