A lady I used to work with lived off the beaten path a bit, a bear was getting into her trash and bird feeder. She chased it off with a broom a couple times. One morning it came up on her porch and was getting into the corn she was planning to feed to the deer. She went storming out with her broom, the bear swatted the broom away and chased her back into the house
She called the game people to come and trap the bear, they gave her hell for chasing a bear with a broom, and for feeding critters. They did catch & relocate the bear though.