The black bear population of the U.S. is over 500,000 and climbing.
Even in the most densely populated state in the nation, New Jersey, black bears are thriving and there are now confirmed bear sightings in all 21 of New Jersey's counties.
Black bears are generally pretty inoffensive. Their major crimes include knocking down bird feeders and trashcans, ripping into outbuildings full of dog food, and occasionally climbing through the kitchen windows of cabins when no one is home.
In the last 100 years, more people have been killed by ping pong balls than by black bears.