I am more fearful of snakes than bears. I recognize that this is not logical, but I've had some unfortunate snakey experiences. My bear sightings have all ended with the bears (i) being smaller than expected and (ii) running the other direction.
I hear ya. I have been in a situation with a huge snake that made me run and scream like crazy. But, I know snakes don't want to hurt me unless they feel threatened. same for gators and bears.