Hi! I know right where you are, well pretty close anyway. My dad's family farm used to be (where he grew up but long gone after his parents passed) on the high ground just off the north shore of lake Charlavoix (?). Sleeping Bear Dunes is a beautiful place. Far as I remember that whole part of the state is not the kind of area that would support a high concentration of bear like where I am now. Up here they have a hunting season with a waiting list for permits for both with (grrrrr, stupid) dogs and one without dogs in the fall to control the population. If there is no hunting season for them by you, that will tell you the population is either very low or nonexistent.