Our recent bear-sighting committee initially determined that a sighting was most likely fat raccoons (lacking any marmots, sigh), and deemed a full convocation of the committee unnecessary. A single observer was sent to confirm or deny, although admittedly that observer's strength is identifying reptiles.
However, it was determined a third opinion, and then a video was necessary to submit as evidence. Ultimately, the committee was forced to conclude that two teenage bears had, indeed, been seen. The scoutmasters in charge were congratulated for their foresight in obsessively hanging bear bags overnight, although apparently the nature enthusiast across camp who was leaving sunflower seeds out "for the chipmunks" had other intentions.
Raccoons are really just little bears in disguise, and maybe the main difference is raccoons have a harder time opening car doors.
Bears smash windows to get in. Raccoons can pick locks.