Since the elimination of hunting bears with hounds, sightings are much more common. I've seen five bears this year alone. You're right about the past though. I probably only saw two bears before I turned thirty. Bobcats on the other hand, I probably only average one sighting per year. I've only seen two cougars in my life. Well, outside of a bar anyway.You sure don't see that everyday! I spent a lot of time in the woods growing up. I think I've seen bear twice, but never a big cat.