So I've got a plot bunny that I have actually been able to make a part of character development. There are creatures in my book that are skittish and rarely seen. "very rarely seen." I'm trying not to use very except in a few locations and in dialog. To get an idea of how rarely these creatures are seen. The places I go camping are tromping ground for black bears. I've seen moose, wild cattle, coyotes, salamanders, lizards, snakes, and deer. I have friends who have seen apparitions and heard voices in the woods. Even one guy who claims to have seen big foot. I'm sure large quantities of alcohol were involved in that one. However, I have not talked to one person who has seen a black bear in these areas (except forest service employees). I know they're there, they make the news at least once a summer and a few years ago there was a fatality from a black bear attack. My creature has a reputation similar to coyotes, a bane to farmers, but are more cat like (good at hiding). I can't figure out how to portray that without using 'very'. Any suggestions?