OK, the official metropolitan area of Anchorage, Alaska, is a big place, and not all heavily populated. And everyone knew brown bears wandred through the outskirts. But a new study showing that Anchorage overlapped with the ranges of some three dozen bears was a stunner to state officials.
Anecdote that may be true:
Actual conversation between Anchorage airport tower and pilot of taxiing plane:
TOWER: Bear left at the taxiway.
PILOT: We see him.