Our experience was growing, but luck has a lot to do with it. On Afognak Island, near Kodiak, Ry and I were walking down a dirt road. As recommended, we were talking loudly to alert bears to our presence. However, a large female with a cub did not hear us because of the noise of the paralleling stream. As we passed, she bolted into the water. But when her cub did not follow she became alarmed and aggressive. She charged up onto the road, turned toward us and started huffing. This is not good.